Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: Race, Cinema, and Sacred Value: Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino

Date Published: 
May 5, 2014

Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: Race, Cinema, and Sacred Value: Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino
RELS 3000-001 CRN: 31254

First Summer 2014

Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino don’t like each other very much.  Although the public disputes between these filmmakers seem to indicate a clash of egos, their disagreements actually show us different ways of thinking about and imagining America’s racial history.  In this course we will examine and juxtapose the films of Lee and Tarantino asking questions like:  How do these two filmmakers represent violence, trauma, and loss differently?  How do their films compel us to think about race, history, and narrative in different ways?  Do black filmmakers have more of a “right” to discuss and represent black culture and history?  How do themes like sacred value, redemption, and even hope function in their films?  We will meet twice a week in this course and watch one film per class, but the course does not fulfill the General Education writing goal. (MW 2:26-4:45 Joe Winters)  Historical or Cultural Analysis