Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Description
Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 006
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

Thrills, Chills, and Some Spills

This course focuses on two genres of film: horror films and thrillers. We will discuss the distinction between these two genres through an examination of films such as *The Silence of the Lambs.* We will examine what kinds of pleasures these films offer to viewers, and why we find these films scary/thrilling even when we know that they are "not real." We will draw on philosophy, film history, film theory, and psychological/sociological research in order to understand how these films work and how they work on us as viewers.

Required Texts:

Worland, Rick. The Horror Film: An Introduction
Carroll, Noel. The Philosophy of Horror

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Exams, reading quizzes, analysis paper, and participation.

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