Courses of Instruction
FILM STUDIES (FST-Arts and Science)
146 Media Aesthetics (3)
Introduction to media aesthetics. Students develop
awareness of artistic choices necessary for good television production. They are
introduced to design elements and techniques available for use in media production.
Students discuss and participate in creative visual thinking. Prerequisite: major
status or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with COM 146.
MPF, MPT 201 Introduction to Film Criticism and History (3)
basic principles of cinematic form and to major movements and issues in the history
of cinema. Primary emphasis given to principal methods of critical thinking in
film studies, from close analysis of formal and stylistic elements in a single
film to more global ways of understanding and interpreting films within their
aesthetic, social, historical, and political contexts. Includes screenings of
representative films, lectures, discussions, group activities, papers, and exams.
MPT 205 American Film as Communication (3)
Introduction to the study of communication
via American motion pictures. Focuses on analysis of technical and narrative elements
found in motion pictures. Screening of films provides backdrop for discussing
visual impact of motion pictures as significant form of mass communication. Cross-listed
with COM 205.
MPF 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film (3)
Analysis of the representation
of diversity and culture as portrayed in American motion pictures. Cross-listed
with COM 206 and IDS 206. IIIA.
MPT 220 Literature and Film (3; maximum 6)
Study of the relationship between
film and genres of literature, focusing on a comparison of techniques of rhetoric,
fiction, and drama, and those of film. Primary consideration given to film adaptations
of works of fiction and drama. Extensive screenings of film. May be repeated once
when topic changes. Cross-listed with ENG 220. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)
Study of selected plays of Shakespeare that
have been filmed. Students read plays and view one or more versions of each play.
Cross-listed with ENG 221. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 222 Italian American Culture (3)
A survey and investigation of the history
of Italian immigration in America, the development of Italian American communities
across the land, and the contributions that Italian Americans have made to American
society and culture. Taught in English. No prerequisites. Offered once a year.
Cross-listed with AMS and ITL. IIIA, IIB, H. CAS-B.
235 Classics of Film (3)
Study of film classics from the silent era to the present.
Particular attention is given to the evolution of narrative conventions in films
such as Birth of a Nation, Potemkin, The Last Laugh, M, Citizen Kane, Rome: Open
City, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and others. Weekly screenings. Cross-listed with ENG 235. Offered infrequently.
MPT 236 Alternative Traditions in Film (3)
Study of major films and cinematic
trends in world cinema. Emphasis on film in which the classical conventions of
narrative are questioned or disrupted. Study motives and methods of film makers
whose concern is not primarily the telling of a story or for whom the conventional
entertainment narrative is an object of radical investigation. Cross-listed with
251 Gender & Third World Film (3)
Analysis of selected films from the perspectives
of film technique and the political, economic and social context of filmmaking
in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. How film techniques are used
to highlight cultural views of gender. Cross-listed with HST 251.
252 Representation of History in Film and Video (3)
Attempts to familiarize
students with ways that history is represented in film and video (as opposed to
print). By comparing film to texts, analyzing narrative structure, and studying
the techniques of film and video making, students learn how history is depicted
in this medium. Introduces history of film by viewing and discussing works of
several early directors who represented history. Films and directors selected
for inclusion will vary from year to year. Cross-listed with HST 252. Prerequisite:
FST 201 recommended (not required).
MPT 261 German Cinema (3)
Survey of the German cinema from its golden age in
the 1920s to the present day. Representative films studied both as aesthetic works
and as historical artifacts. Films with English subtitles. Readings, lectures,
and discussions in English. Cross-listed with GER 261.
MPT 262 Italian Cinema (3)
Discussion and analysis of major movies and trends
in Italian cinema. Topics may vary but attention is given to social and ideological
implications of Italian cinema and the way movies produce a critique of cultural
mores. Taught in English. No prerequisites. Offered once a year. Cross-listed
with ITL 262. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 263 Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema (3)
Critical survey of directors,
genres, and movements in Soviet cinema. Screening of films from Eisenstein to
current directors. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English. Cross-listed
with RUS 263. CAS-B-LIT.
264 Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)
Study of selected films. Introduces Chinese
cinema and, through films, Chinese culture. Works are from mainland China, Taiwan,
and Hong Kong, and subject matter is both historical and modern. Knowledge of
Chinese is not required. Cross-listed with CHI 264.
265 European Jewish Cinema
Survey of films by Jewish filmmakers, or films dealing with Jewish themes,
from the 1920s to the present. Films with English subtitles. Readings and discussions
in English. Cross-listed with FRE/ GER 265.
266 Survey of Japanese Cinema (3)
This course examines representative Japanese
films from the immediate post-war era to the new wave of Japanese anime (animated
film). Offered in English. Cross-listed with JPN 266.
267 National Cinemas: African Film (3)
Explores the cinematography of Black
Africa. Topics may vary but the focus will be given to social and ideological
implications of African cinema and the way films produce a critique of cultural
mores. Cross-listed with BWS 267.
272 Cultures and Identifies of Eastern Europe: An Introduction through Literature
and Film (3)
An introduction to the cultures of Eastern Europe, from Poland to
the former Yugoslavia, through representative twentieth-century literary works
and films, with particular focus on the history of Eastern Europe's Jewish
community and the tragedy of the Holocaust. Cross-listed with RUS 272. CAS-LIT-B.
282 Sexualities and Film (3)
An exploration of film representations of diverse
sexualities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) from the silent
era to the present. Cross-listed with COM 282.
302 War and European Cinema (3)
Explores how films have constructed ideas about
war in 20th Century Europe. Examines films of the First World War, the Second
World War, the Balkan War of the 1990s, and the Chechen War. Through readings,
discussions, and viewings, students will gain a better understanding of how war
is represented on the "big screen" and how wars of the 20th Century
have been remembered and recast in film. Cross-listed with HST 302.
350 Topics in Film (3)
In-depth and concentrated studies in film. Focuses on
specific topics in film such as national film traditions (American, Japanese,
French, etc.), genres (science fiction, western, detective, etc.), and themes
(film and society, women in film, political conspiracy, etc.). May be repeated
once when topic changes. Cross-listed with ENG 350.
MPT 366 French Cinema In Translation (3)
Critical survey of major directors,
genres, and movements in French cinema. Particular attention devoted to development
of film theory and criticism in France and their relation to film production.
Screening of films by Renoir, Bresson, Bunuel, Godard, Truffaut, Varda, Resnais,
Tavernier, and others. Taught in English; reading in English translation. Cross-listed
with FRE 366. CAS-B-LIT.
381 African Lusophone Literature (3)
A focus on questions of gender, race, class
and stereotypes in the African Lusophone countries. Taught in English. Prerequisite:
Any literature course. Cross-listed with ENG/BWS/POR.
401 Seminar in Film Study (3)
Students critique series of seminal analyses of
films as preparation for development of their own research projects. Prerequisite:
FST 201 and nine credit hours of course work in courses cross-listed for the film
MPC 415 Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture (4)
formative individuals: overview of the experience of Spanish domination; selections
by Jose Marti; 20th century pre-revolutionary period, Fidel Castro's 1953
defense speech, ‘History Will Absolve Me'; the early revolutionary
period; the role of writing of Che Guevara and Field; some early American reactions.
Then takes a topics approach: the role of the U.S., the Soviet Union, relations
with the rest of Latin America and the Third World, economics, political structures,
the legal system and civil liberties, race relations, the status of women, education,
health care, housing, religion, cultural developments. Prerequisite: priority
given to students taking LAS Thematic Sequences and LAS minors. Cross-listed with
LAS 415 and BWS 415.
MPT 460 Topics in French Cinema (3)
In-depth and concentrated study of French
cinema. Focus on specific topics such as film's relation to society, its
relation to the other arts and artistic movements, and its productive role as
an object of philosophical thought. Topics may also include the work of particular
directors, historical periods, and comparative social and aesthetic studies. Taught
in English translation, available in French for French majors and French graduate
students. Cross-listed with FRE 460/560.
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