UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2017

160 - 003 | German 186 | CCN: 46746

National Cinema: Transnational Cinemas: Impostor Tales

Deniz Göktürk

4 Units

In times of post-truth politics, this course focuses on imposter tales in literature and moving images, analyzing performances of social roles and national identities across multiple media and genres. Considering classic tales of “clothes make the man” from H. C. Andersen, F. Kafka, and T. Mann, cinematic productions such as To Be or Not To BeImitation of Life, and Catch Me If You Can, as well as acts of posing, passing, and exposing on TV, YouTube, and digital social media platforms, students learn to think critically about seductive qualities of narrative and performance with regard to rank and power, staging and acting, authenticity and artifice.