Spring 2015 Course Descriptions

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ART 114 01 Digital Art: Motion Images (F5)
MW 01:00 pm-03:30 pm
Professor Elizabeth Daggett

Students will make digital projects, including, but not limited to: narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, and/or animation projects. Cameras and editing software are provided.


CHIN 220: Contemporary Chinese Cinema (F5, F9)
M 05:00 pm-07:00 pm, WF 01:00-01:50
Professor Yi Lu

An introductory course on contemporary Chinese cinema that combines film viewing with readings of film theory and criticism. The aim is to provide a window for students to glimpse the complexity of contemporary Chinese culture. Students will view selected Chinese films produced in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from the 1980′s to the present and be required to read essays of critical studies which explore the interrelations of various issues in Chinese society.


ENGL 245 Special Topics in Film - Documentary Cinema (F5)
Section 01 MWF 10:00 am-10:50 am, W 07:00 pm-09:30 pm
Section 02 MWF 11:00 am-11:50 am, W 07:00 pm-09:30 pm
Professor Rashna Richards

Drawing on a variety of analytical perspectives, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to documentary film and video. Unlike the various genres of fiction film (comedy, science fiction, thriller, horror, romance, and so on), documentaries address the world as it exists rather than a world created by the filmmaker. Still, documentaries are not mere records of reality. From questions of ethics, ideology, politics, and power to concerns over gender, race, sexuality, and representation, we will explore the nature of documentary films, focusing on production as well as reception, on formal strategies as well as aesthetic pleasures. While we will investigate the documentary form′s relation to reality, we will also try to destabilize the assumed boundaries between fact and fiction by considering such recent transformations as mockumentaries and self-reflexive docu-diaries. Overall, our goal will be to assess the ways in which non-fiction films reveal multiple, contingent truths rather than a unitary, unproblematic Truth. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or permission from instructor. All students must attend a weekly film screening. May be repeated with different topic.


ENGL 382/RUSS 400 Film Theory (F5)
MW 03:00 pm-04:15 pm, R 05:30 pm-8:00 pm
Professor Valeria Nollan

Introduction to the ideological and aesthetic forces that have shaped the development of world cinema, focusing on the theoretical work and masterpieces of Russian filmmakers. Theories to be studied are formalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, auteurism, cultural studies, feminism, realism, and surrealism. Filmmakers include Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Dovzhenko, Shepit’ko, Tarkovsky, and Mikhalkov. All foreign films are subtitled; the course is taught in English. Requirements include mandatory attendance at film screenings, to occur outside of regularly scheduled class hours. Prerequisites: Any 200-level film class, Russian Studies class, or permission from instructor.


HIST 105-03 Introductory Seminars in History - British Empire Through Film (F2, F3)
MWF 12:00 pm-12:50 pm, R 6:00-8:00 pm
Professor Lynn Zastoupil

The British Empire helped fashion the modern world. Its global impact, its many wars and military engagements, and the racial, religious, sexual and cultural encounters it produced have fascinated film makers and audiences practically from the dawn of movie-making. This course explores this fascination using as case studies popular films devoted to different aspects, regions and periods of the British Empire. Since many films about British imperialism are rich sources of materials for gender and sexuality studies, this course uses the lens of masculinity studies to examine these films and other materials from the course. The intersection of race and gender identities is one particular focus of the course. The films we will view include Belle; Mangal Pandey: The Rising; Zulu; Breaker Morant; A Passage to India; Michael Collins and My Beautiful Laundrette. There is a mandatory viewing session on Thursday evenings. Film Studies elective; Gender and Sexuality Studies elective; Global/Comparative (for History major/minor). This course is open to first- and second-year students only.