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FMST 215 - Family Repression and Rage in Film and Society

Understanding social psychology of modern & contemporary Western/American family experience, & especially its means of abetting the concealment, repression, & suppression of people's emotional lives. Study of the films combines with the readings seek to develop critical understanding of the nuclear family & the conditions it may create for child-rape, racism, homophobia, murder & self-destructive behavior such as substance abuse, self- mutilation, & suicide. Sometimes the violence is arbitrary, sometimes inevitable, sometimes incomprehensible. Each case the course's attention is on the personal & collective machineries of repression, resulting rage in many individuals & frequent (now often familiar) violent results. Readings incl; Nancy Chodorow, Alice Miller, Kristin Kelly, & Stephanie Coontz. Films are taken from: A Price Above Rubies, A Thousand Acres, All My Sons, American Beauty, American History X, Bastard out of Carolina, Crimes & Misdemeanors, Dolores Claiborne, and others.
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