This site shares information and ideas associated with ENG 130a: Representing Poverty, a film course taught by Caren Irr at Brandeis University in Spring 2016.
The course asks how global cinema represents poverty. We study the visual rhetoric used to depict poor people and class relations on screen. We are also concerned with identifying the feelings (pity, empathy, and horror, for example) that organize viewers’ responses to characters they observe.
The site is a work in progress. Preliminary information and sample videos are now available. In time, visitors will be able to find an annotated filmography, recommended readings, and a growing library of annotated film clips. The goal of all this material is to aid critical reflection on the political and aesthetic habits that world cinema uses to represent poverty.
Work on this site was supported by a Teaching Innovation Grant from Brandeis University.