Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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.
Worland, Rick. The Horror Film: An Introduction
Carroll, Noel. The Philosophy of Horror
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Exams, reading quizzes, analysis paper, and participation.