Spring 2012 Course Descriptions


ENGL 382 01 Film Theory (F5)
TR 02:00 pm-03:15 pm, W 07:00 pm-9:30 pm
Professor Rashna Richards

This course provides a comprehensive history of film theory as it has developed over the "century of cinema." We will begin with classical film theorists, such as Rudolf Arnheim, Sergei Eisenstein, and André Bazin, evaluating their twin concerns of cinema′s relation to reality and its status as art. Then, we will direct our attention to writers who challenged the classical tradition and destabilized the meaning of such terms as art, nature, reality, illusion, author, work, and artist. Assessing the semiotic turn in film theory, we will analyze the influence of new interpretive approaches, such as psychoanalysis, feminism, and critical race theory. Finally, we will focus on the latest developments in contemporary film theory, tracing in particular the role of globalization and digitization. We will end by reflecting on the future of film and film theory in an age of new media. Prerequisite: Any 200-level film class, preferably ENGL 202, or permission from the instructor. All students must attend a weekly screening.

ART 166 01 Topics in Studio Art: Images
TR 02:00 pm-04:30 pm
Professor Elizabeth Daggett

In this hands-on course you′ll learn traditional video shooting and editing, documentary filmmaking, animation, stop-motion, and more, with an emphasis on how to turn your ideas into video art. No experience or equipment needed. Course may be repeated as long as topics are different.

CHIN 220 01 Contemporary Chinese Cinema (F5, F9)
TR 02:00 pm-03:15 pm, M 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
Professor Han Li

This course is an introduction to the cinema of 20th-century China and an introduction to 20th-century China through film. The central question to be discussed in this course is: how has Chinese-language film represented the nation, national identity, and national history? We will examine the cinematic representation of Chinese social, political, and cultural history of the last hundred years. In addition, students will also learn how to "read" films and appreciate the elements that make up the visual and aural languages of film. All readings and discussion in English. No prerequisites.
RELS 285 01 Topics in the New Testament - Jesus of Hollywood (F1)
MW 07:00 pm-07:50 pm, T 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
Professor Daniel Ullucci

This course explores film versions of the life of Jesus. We will consider the historical sources for the life of Jesus and compare various attempts to translate these sources into film. We will examine how Jesus films reflect differing views of Christianity at different periods in history. MW will be lecture and discussion with film screenings on Tuesdays.