Topic: 2 short answer questions about labour study and films and readings
Select 2 short answer questions from the 4 questions and answer separately (it’s not an essay!), 4 pages for each question (total8pages). You can ONLY cite from the movies and readings FROM I PROVIDED TO YOU (show author and page number for each citation). NO other resources! You CANNOT cite and quote from any other materials!
Only answer 2 questions :(each question discussed as many as possible but at least two readings and two movies belowed)
Question1: Discuss the role of working class women and gender on film.
Question2: Discuss the depiction of migrant workers and connections between race and class on film.
Question3: How has labour organization, including the process of forming unions and bargaining, been depicted on film?
Question4: How has the phenomenon of solidarity and class conflict been depicted on film?
For both questions above, consider:
What are some themes that run through these films and readings relating to labour studies?
What kind of continuity and changes have taken place in the situation facing working people?
What are some strengths and weaknesses of film as a medium for studying labour?
Answers will be evaluated based on command of readings, movies and themes, and the extent to which you draw from notes below and readings and movies. You should endeavor to discuss AS MANY REVELANT FILMS AS POSSIBLE (from below movies) in your answers, connecting ideas, approaches, and techniques in the films to themes in labour studies.
Responses should draw exclusively from films, course readings, and notes. No outside materials should be included and evidence of their use will result in a mark of zero for the assignment and also an F for this course. Wikipedia and other online sources are NOT allowed for answers for this assignment. The instructor is very familiar with Wikipedia and other Online sources relating to labour in film. You will get a plagiarism and fail this course and be kicked out from school.
( for each question, discuss as many relevant films and readings as possible from below. At least discussed two movies and two readings in your answer for EACH question)
1.Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960)
2.Land and freedom (1995)
Very Useful Readings: C. Jarvie, “Seeing Through Movies,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 8 (December 1978), pp. 374-397.
Robert Rosenstone, “The Historical Film: Looking at the Past in a Postliterate Age,” in Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 45-79.
Raymond Williams, “A Lecture on Realism,” Screen, 18, no. 1 (Spring 1977), pp. 61-74.
3.Final offer (1985)
Readings: David Frank, “Short Takes: The Canadian Worker on Film,” Labour/Le Travail, 46 (Fall 2000), pp. 417-37.
Malek Khouri and Darrell Varga, “Introduction: Working on Screen,” in Khouri and Varga, eds. Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), pp. 3-21.
4.Margaret’s museum (1995)
Readings: Peter Urquhart, “Whose Museum Is It, Anyway? Discourses of Resistance in the Adaptation of The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum into Margaret’s Museum,” in Khouri and Varga, eds. Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), pp. 149-157.
Martha Norby Fraundorf, “Collective Bargaining Films: A Critical Survey,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 44, no. 1 (Oct. 1990), pp. 144-151.
Joseph Kispal-Kovacs, “Inscriptions of Class and Nationalism in Canadian ‘Realist’ Cinema: Final Offer and Canada’s Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks,” in Malek Khouri and Darrell Varga, eds. Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), pp. 235-245.
5.Norma Rae (1979)
Readings: Christine Gledhill, “Image and Voice: Approaches to Marxist Feminist Criticism,” in Diane Carson et al eds, Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994), pp. 109-123.
Joey Fink, “In Good Faith: Working-Class Women, Feminism, and Religious Support in the Struggle to Organize J. P. Stevens Textile Workers in the Southern Piedmont, 1974–1980,” Southern Spaces (2014) < https://southernspaces.org/2014/good-faith-working-classwomen-feminism-and-religious-support-struggle-organizej-p-stevens > (viewed 10 October 2015).
Readings: Leonard Quart, “The Religion of the Market: Thatcherite Politics and the British Film of the 1980s,” in Lester Friedman, ed., Fires Were Started: British Cinema and Thatcherism (Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press, 1993), pp. 15-34.
Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Labour Pride: What Have Our Unions Done for Us? (2014).
Reading: Miles Orvell, “Documentary Film and the Power of Interrogation: American Dream & Roger and Me,” Film Quarterly, 48 (Winter 1994), pp. 10-18.
Reading: Peter Stead, “Workers and the Film,” Film and the Working Class: The Feature Film in British and American Society (New York: Routledge, 1989), pp. 233-249.
9.Bread and Roses (2000) (I think this movie is one relevant film you can choose)
Readings: Preston Rudy, “‘Justice for Janitors,’ not ‘Compensation for Custodians’: The Political Context and Organizing in San Jose and Sacramento,” in Ruth Milkman and Kim Voss, eds., Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004), pp. 133-149.
10.The hidden face of globalization (2003)
Reading: Guy Standing, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (London: Bloomsbury, 2011) (Chapter 1, pp. 1-25)
11.The take (2004)
Reading: Tom Zaniello, The Cinema of Globalization: A Guide to Films about the New Economic Order (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007) (Introduction, pp. 1-21)
Dear writer, you helped me finished two film reviews this semester, please donot use similar sentences from those. Please make sure the quality and spend more time carefully on movies and readings. Please let me know if you cannot find the readings in your system, I will upload the readings you choose after you told me since I cannot uploaded all readings since that is big size. Thank you very much and wish you happy everyday.