English 84, Section 1

High Culture, Low Culture: Modernism and the Films of the Coen Brothers (2 units, P/NP)

Professor Julia Bader
Wednesday 1:00-4:00, 300 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 14040

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness. We will also read some fiction, including stories from Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, and attend events at the Pacific Film Archive and Cal Performances.

Instructor Bio

Julia Bader is a Professor Emerita in the English Department and specializes in the modern period, both British and American, with an emphasis on fiction, film, and feminism.

Faculty web site: http://english.berkeley.edu/profiles/11