History Department Online Courses

HST 255 – American Cinema and the American Century

Taught by: Dr. Juan Javier Pescador

– This interdisciplinary class introduces students to the history, evolution and transformation of the film industry in the United States in the extended 20th century. From its humble origins in the penny arcades and nickelodeons in the 1900s to its ultimate consolidation as a leading sector in the global entertainment industry, American cinema will be analyzed not only within the history of film-making but also in connection with the processes through which films shaped and were shaped by the social and economic circumstances of the time. This course offers a cultural and social analysis of film-making and movie-going.