Summer 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will survey the history of cinema from its invention to the end of the 20th century. We will discuss films from the US and other countries. The course will focus on how the historical context in which a film was made—including economic, aesthetic, political, and technological factors—affects the final film we see on the screen. The focus will be on understanding historical factors surrounding film production rather than analyzing the films themselves. We will also discuss issues in historiography and analyze historical writing in terms of causality, methodology, and argumentative logic.
Each class session will include a film screening as well as lecture and discussion. Since it is impossible to discuss higher-level historiographic issues without a foundation of relevant knowedge, the class will have more lecture time than a typical graduate seminar (which is primarily discussion). Students will complete a midterm, a final exam, and a short paper (5-7 pages).
To be announced.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
No prerequisites. This class will presume that students have had no previous film courses.