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American Gothic: Films of the Midwest

Few things seem as quintessentially wholesome or American as the American Midwest—the “heartland.” Yet the Midwest has actually been depicted in myriad ways. From the seminal film and musical Oklahoma! to the criminal depravity of Badlands, the Midwest is as complex and divided as the United States itself. In this course, we will look beneath the surface of the seemingly wholesome exterior to something darker that lurks beneath the surface. Films may include Oklahoma!, Badlands, Blood Simple, Fargo, Nebraska, Paper Moon, The Straight Story, The Virgin Suicides, A History of Violence, and Road to Perdition. You will watch the films on your own, and then we will meet online for lively and informative discussions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with important films that depict the Midwest
  • An understanding of the historical context and themes in each film

Ideal for

  • Movie buffs
  • Media and culture professionals

1 section

  • Spring 2021

    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Spring 2021
    • Date

      Mar 10 - Apr 28
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

      2:00PM-3:40PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      8
    • Location

      Instructor Led