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Current Classes

Winter 2015

Film Course Offerings

ENG 2450: Introduction to Film

Examination of film techniques and basic methods of film analysis. This course fulfills the Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

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ENG 5020: Media and Modern Culture: Experimental Media
Tuesday, 12:50—3:50 pm, Scott Richmond

What can you do with a medium? How far can you push it? If you push it too far, what happens? Are the consequences only aesthetic? Or might they be ethical or political? This course approaches the question of medium and mediation by studying experimental and radical practices across a variety of media. Our primary concern will be with technical media: film, video, and digital media. However, the impetus for experimentation with technical media flows not only from the properties of a medium, but also from experimental practices across all areas of cultural production. Because of this, we will, of necessity, turn our attention to other experimental aesthetic practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Approximately the first two thirds of the course will be organized historically around these experimental media practices. The final third of the course will be organized around original research projects—scholarly, creative, or both.


ENG 5070: Topics in Film: The Films of Stephen Frear
Monday and Wednesday, 4:30—7:15 pm, Les Brill

The greatest director whose name people have trouble remembering, Frears has directed close to 40 feature films for theatrical release and for television. Among his best known films are The Queen, Philomena, High Fidelity, Mary Reilly, and Dangerous Liaisons. He is well known for films such as My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things, and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid that focus on the lives of immigrants, gays, and other minority groups. We will watch those films and a number of others. There will be a few reading assignments, but the principal activity of the class will be watching, discussing, and writing essays on the films. All films will be available on reserve in the Undergraduate Library and virtually all are commercially available. 


ENG 7005: Film Theory
Wednesday, 6:00—10:00 pm, Chera Kee

This course provides an introductory survey of some of the major concepts and movements in the theory of film and media studies from the early 20th century to the present moment.  The theories under consideration will be studied comparatively as well as within their historical contexts and the theoretical debates from which they emerged.  Topics covered include: film-as-art theories, psychoanalysis, feminist film theories, cultural studies, genre and auteur theory, historiography, theories of popular culture, and the post-cinematic. 

Screenings include They Live (1988), Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Lone Star (1996), Trekkies (1997) and The Gold Rush (1923).




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