GENED 1012. The Art and Politics of Propaganda: The Nazis and Their Legacy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Burning movie theater screen - frame capture from Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Day/Time

This course is not being offered during the current academic year.

Instructor

Rentschler

As thinking beings we consider the limits of human potential and wonder what is the worst. The Nazis obsess us because they were masters of extremity who brought to the world unprecedented violence, destruction, and murder. They were also masters of propaganda who engineered sophisticated techniques of mass manipulation; in this endeavor cinema and modern media assumed a seminal role. This course considers why films proved to be so essential to the Hitler regime and so captivating to German audiences of the Third Reich. It also reflects on the continuing allure of Nazi sights and sounds for contemporary mass culture.

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