National Cinema, Narrative and Performance: Imposter Tales (in German Literature and Film)
Film 160 | CCN: 31764
This course will focus on imposter tales in literature and cinema, analyzing staging and performance of social roles and national identities across multiple media and genres. Based on classic tales of “clothes make the man” from Andersen, Keller, Kafka, and Th. Mann, cinematic productions such as To Be or Not To Be, Catch Me If You Can, and The Imposter, the anti-globalization activism of The Yes Men and other ironic acts of over-identification and exposure on TV, YouTube, and social media, students will learn to think critically about costume and power, fake and authenticity, and the seductive qualities of narrative and performance. For theoretical framing: Eco, Goffman, Gray, Juhasz, Elsaesser, Zimbardo.
Taught in English. Readings will be made available on bCourses.