Dr. Fran Bender
Western Humanities and Film
This course is taken in conjunction with Western Humanities 1130. Students will watch movies that in some way address topics from Western Humanities. Some of those movies may be Cold Mountain or O'Brother Where Art Thou (The Odyssey), The Matrix or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (The Cave), film versions of plays: Antigone, Hamlet, the Oresteia, as well as popular interpretations of that era: Troy and Gladiator. Students would discuss and write papers linking the movies and texts in the actual Humanities course.
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About the professor
I teach a bit of everything. In my 3 1/2 years at UTC I've taught more than 10 different courses including 1130. I teach creative writing every semester and my interests are in contemporary fiction. For the humanities course I hope to relate older more complex texts to contemporary films, so that students can hopefully see their relevance.