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LEGACY OF ROMANTIC COMEDIES

Maria DeBlassie, deblassiem@unm.edu
Core: Humanities

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 100-level course examines the romantic comedy, from Shakespearean and Restoration plays, to the screwball comedies of the mid-twentieth century, to contemporary romantic comedies that span historical, cultural, and social contexts in order to examine how these stories can reinforce or resist sexist ideologies and reshape the stories we tell about sex, love, and gender. 

 

COURSE READINGS

Plays: 
William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (1590-1592) 
Aphra Behn’s The Rover (1677) 
Susanna Centliver’s The Basset Table (1705) 
Movies: 
The Lady Eve (1941) 
Some Like It Hot (1959) 
When Harry Met Sally (1989) 
Pretty Woman (1999) 
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) 
You’ve Got Mail (1998) 
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) 
She’s All That (1999) 
Sueno (2006) 
Imagine Me & You (2006) 
Something New (2006) 
Love and Other Disasters (2007) 
It’s Complicated (2009) 
Hollywood Dirt (2017) 
Books 
Maya Rodale’s Lady Claire is All That (2016) 


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Maria DeBlassie earned her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNM. She went on to earn both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature from the University of Washington. She is currently full-time faculty at CNM and, when not teaching, is writing and blogging about everyday magic and simple pleasures. Her interests include the playful tension between high and low art, literature, and culture; contemporary romanticization of history; courtship narratives and rituals; and interdisciplinary and intercultural education.