Film History, Form, and Analysis
MW 11:20-12:35, F 11:20-01:20 | Eleni Palis
As an introduction to film studies at the graduate level, this course aims to equip students with up-to-date perspectives, methodologies, histories, and film theories of contemporary film and media studies. Students will master analytical, historical, technological, and aesthetic film fluencies, allowing them to craft persuasive, publishable film scholarship and to teach introductory film history and analysis. We will proceed through film theory, from psychoanalysis and semiotics to feminist film theory, critical race theory in film, genre theory, auteur theory, star studies, and theorizations of the film archive. Throughout, we will follow the work of Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, attending to the ways race and ethnicity intersect with sexuality, gender identity, class, and ability.
This is a graduate seminar, in which students are expected to attend all meetings, stream and take notes on all assigned films, keep up with weekly readings, and come prepared to discuss each film and reading in detail. Course grades are determined by regular attendance and participation, leading one close-viewing discussion, weekly responses to films and readings, one scene analysis, and a final film research paper.