Movies aren't just for film studies majors anymore. As the study of popular culture has become a more serious academic pursuit, the use of popular culture in the classroom has become less and less frowned upon. Narrative film, in particular, has received new attention as a potential teaching tool in the university classroom. Teaching a history class about the excesses of Versailles that inspired the French Revolution? Show Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006). Having a discussion about the ethics of genetic selection? Use a screening of Gattaca (1997) as a springboard. Far from just a gimmick to "hook" students into paying attention, narrative film can be a useful way to frame discussions through affective experience. Narrative film can also be looked at as a cultural artifact in its own right and analyzed for what it can tell us about the cultural moment in which it was made. This lib guide offers a variety of resources to help instructors effectively integrate narrative film into the curriculum.
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