Studying Marriage and the Movies: A History

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I’m just finishing up my Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers course and am zipping right along with my Warhol course. But why stop there?

1-wesleyan_logoI started Marriage and the Movies: A History with Wesleyan University (through Coursera) at the same time as the Warhol course.

Marriage and the Movies is taught by Jeanine Basinger, who is also the author of a book on the same topic.

The topic of marriage in the movies has always provided a fascinating reflection of changing social attitudes, shifting morals and gender roles. We will explore how films have defined marriage, identified seven core problems, and varied its three narrative components — a couple, their problems, their situation — from decade to decade from the silent to the modern era.

So far, I’m really enjoying this course and have learned quite a bit about Hollywood’s attitude and relationship to marriage in the movies. It’s not as straight-forward as you’d think.