Film Electives

FALL 2016

HUM 185 - Film Analysis, Theory & Criticism

This writing-intensive course examines foundational concepts and methodologies in Cinema Studies, introducing students to a number of theoretical approaches central to the study of film, including semiotics, psychoanalysis, and Cultural Studies. Our focus is not film appreciation but rather the analysis of film as a language and “reading” film texts for their meanings. Since film is a system of representation, the study of gender, sexuality, race and class will be crucial to our interpretive practice throughout. Prerequisite: One course in English, Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Philosophy, or Art History. Instructor: Geller. TTh 1-2:20/ M 7-10pm screenings

HUM 290 - Film Genres

This course will examine the theory, criticism, and history of film genre. We will take a comparative approach, analyzing the stylistic and narrative conventions of specific genres, and their relationship to culture, race, sexuality, gender and national identity. We will discuss various film genres, including the musical, screwball comedy, melodrama, and film noir. The objective of this course is to explore the question of genre through a range of theoretical rubrics (structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism and ideological criticism) to address both the social implications and aesthetic properties of cinema. This course requires weekly screenings (usually two films per week) along with the assigned class reading. Prerequisite: HUM 185 or permission of instructor. Geller. TTh 2:30-3:50; M 7-10 pm screenings

AMS 245 - Shaping American Identities in Moving Images

This course explores representations of American identities and the binaries generated by these explorations including here/there, foreign/local, abroad/ home, American/Other. Films and readings will highlight the theme of amalgamation as an alchemic process (the melting pot) shaping Americanness and its association with characteristics such as respectability, recognition and respect. Prerequisite: one 100-level course in Humanities or Social Studies. Gibel Mevorach. MW 1-3:50

RUS 295 - ST: Modern Russia and the Culture of Revolution and Change (cross-list GLS-295 & HUM-295)

This course offers an exploration of the intersection of culture and revolution in Russia, from its beginning in the 1900s to the present day. In the first part of the course, students will consider the vibrant literary and artistic world of the Russian Avant-Garde; the cataclysmic change ushered in by the Russian Revolution; and the establishment of the totalitarian doctrine of Socialist Realism. The second part of the course will explore the Soviet experience - Stalinism, World War II, the Thaw, ad the Cold War, as reflected in Russian aesthetic traditions. The final part of the course will consider the culture of post-Soviet Russia, which emerged in the revolution of 1991 and which has seen the rise of authoritarianism and Putin's regime - and a new culture of dissent with the appearance of oppositional voices like those of Pussy Riot and other. Prerequisites: one 100-level course in the Humanities division. Instructor: Armstrong. MWF 9-9:50

JPN 195 - ST: Japanese Society & Popular Culture (cross-listed EAS 195)

This course provides an introduction to postwar Japan through major ideas and social changes that impacted Japanese popular culture. Using cross-disciplinary methodologies drawn from sociology, history, literature and film studies, we will explore critical questions such as center/margin, past/future, and self/other. Readings and screenings will examine the impact of postwar social, economic, and political changes on various groups of people, including corporate workers, youth, women, and ethnic minorities. Instructor: Saito. MW 1-2:20


RES 291 - Perspectives in 20th-Century Central and Eastern European Literature (cross-list GLS-291)

This course examines and analyzes a number of 20th-century works in translation from several countries of Central and Eastern Europe (primarily, but not limited to, the former-Yugoslavia, Poland, and the former-Czechoslovakia). Attention is devoted to how writers, artists, poets, and others attempt to understand and respond to major events and issues in specific countries, and in the region in general: war, genocide, revolution, totalitarianism, political repression, clashes of religion and culture, and quests for (self-)identity. Instructor: Armstrong. MWF 3-3:50

FRN 350 - Advanced Topics in Literature & Civilization

Masculine/Feminine in French Literature and Film. Conducted in French. Explores concepts of the masculine and the feminine from the Romantic era to the present in literature, art and film. Examines topics such as desire, ambition, sexuality, paternity, maternity, and the writing of the self. Authors and directors to be studied include Chateaubriand, Stendhal, Sand, Rachilde, Colette, Godard, Truffaut, Duras, Jaoui, Denis, Toussaint, and Houellebecq.

SPN 385 - Studies in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film

Conducted in Spanish. This course examines Spanish narrative and film from the 20th and 21st centuries to explore the development of a modern, global Spain. Topics discussed include Franco’s dictatorship, the democratic transition, human rights, and the place of cultural production in social movements for “historical memory.” Instructor: Phillips. MW 10-11:50