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CAS CI 101: History of Global Cinema 1: Origins through 1950s
Gives overview of history of global cinema from beginning of cinema through the 1950s. Introduces concepts of modes of production, national and transnational frameworks, film aesthetics, film authorship, and other factors that influenced production, circulation, and reception of films worldwide. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.
CAS CI 102: History of Global Cinema 2: 1960s to the Present
Overview of global cinema from the 1960s to the present. Topics include international new waves from the 1960s to the 1980s; recent global art cinemas; American film from the decline of studio era to the blockbuster. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
CAS CI 201: Literature and the Art of Film
Survey and analysis of cinema as an expressive medium from the silent period to the present. Films are screened weekly and discussed in conjunction with works of literature. Students must register for screening, discussion, and lecture. Also offered as CAS EN 175.
CAS CI 202: Understanding Film
Introduces key aesthetic aspects of film. Exploration of a range of styles and genres in film, including narrative and non-fiction forms, dominant and alternative styles. Historical examples of these different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound.
CAS CI 260: Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema
Major modern Japanese films are interpreted in the light of Japanese culture. Film scripts and the important literary sources are read in English; films are shown with subtitles. Also Offered as CAS LJ 283.
CAS CI 303: Understanding TV
History of a medium that negotiates the tensions between government intervention and private enterprise; artistic ambition and the limitations of viewing technologies; hyper commercialism and the integrity of the text; network control and creative freedom.
CAS CI 320: Weimar Cinema
German silent and early sound films from Caligari to Hitler, viewed in the aesthetic context of contemporary and recent film theory and criticism and in the broader cultural context of the interwar Weimar Republic (1918--1933), with international points of comparison. Weekly screenings. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS LG 387.
CAS CI 321: Introduction to Brazilian Cinema
An overview of Brazilian cinema in the 60s, 70s and 80s, its discourse on revolution and marginality, as well as its connection to artistic, musical, and literary movements. Focus on the work of avant-garde filmmakers and younger generations. Also includes attention to Cuban cinema. Taught in English. Also offered as CAS LP 310.
CAS CI 369: Greek Tragedy and Film
Explores Greek tragic myth's afterlife, both directly and obliquely, in cinema and in the modern literature spawning cinema: how certain Greek tragic myths have come to life as film and how "non-mythic" stories have acquired a mythic power in literary and cinematic form. Also offered as CAS CL 325.
CAS CI 373: Women and Film
Study of principally American films, exploring how the medium has shaped and been shaped by cultural perceptions of women. Readings provide background for interpretation of films ranging from screwball comedy to film noir, "women's films," and films by women directors. Also offered as CAS WS 346.
CAS CI 390: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
Topics vary. Two sections are offered Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Black Humor. What is funny about death and suffering? Fiction and film responding to the absurdity of mortal existence with savage hilarity. Readings by Swift, O'Connor, Beckett, Nabokov; films include Kind Hearts and Coronets, Harold and Maude, Dr. Strangelove, Brazil. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 375 A1. Section B1: Gender, War, and Revolution in the Middle East. A gendered examination of wars and revolutions that have shaped borders and societies in the Middle East from WW I to the present. Texts include films, Nobel prize-winning literature, graphic novels. Topics include colonialism, modernization, and proliferation of technology. Also offered as CAS WS 305 C1 and CAS XL 381 A1.
CAS CI 420: Classical Hollywood Romantic Comedies and Melodramas
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CI 202.
Discussion of romantic comedies and domestic melodramas made in Hollywood in the 1930's and 1940's. These films set standards for dialogue writing, rich characterization, film performance, and story structure.
CAS CI 490: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
May be repeated for credit as topics change. Pre-requisites may vary with topics. Topic for Fall 2016: Growing Up in Korea. Memoirs, prose fiction, film, television dramas, and graphic narratives. How have the conventions of Korean coming-of-age narratives evolved? What does this say about changes in Korean identity? Conducted in English. Also offered as CAS LK 470 A1.
CAS CI 530: Topics in TV Genre Studies
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CI 303.
Two topics are offered for Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Broadcasting Horror. Examines the censorship of horror; horror's relation to sound; the aesthetics of TV horror; horror and genre mixing; the serialization of horror; broadcast vs. cable horror; and the violence of horror. Section B1: TV Genres and Fandom. TV programs have huge fan bases, whether cult audiences, fanboys and fangirls, or X-Philes and Trekkies. In this course, scholarship on reception theory and fan studies is used to explore multiple television genres and their connections to enduring varieties of fandom.
CAS CI 551: Topics in Auteur Studies
Two topics are offered for Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Antonioni/Bergman. In-depth examination of Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman and their new and powerful narrative and visual approaches to human sexuality and personal interaction, the modern sense of alienation, ecological and political crises of their era, and philosophy. Section B1: The Films of John Schlesinger in Context. Explores John Schlesinger's roots in documentary filmmaking, his radical understanding of love and sexual politics, his grasp of questions of national identity and allegiance, and the technical brilliance of his films.
CAS CI 562: French Cinema and Literature
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
Analysis of classic French films by Vigo, Renoir, Carné, Malle, Bresson, Godard, and Truffaut as well as later twentieth and early twenty-first century works. Weekly screenings, reading of literary models and film theory. Also offered as CAS LF 556.
CAS CI 583: TV Theory and Criticism
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CI 303.
This course sets aside evaluative considerations of TV in favor of theoretical and critical approaches that challenge widespread assumptions about the medium and expand our understanding of its role in our lives.
CAS CI 590: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
Topics and prerequisites vary from semester to semester. Four topics are offered for Fall 2016. Students may take one, two, three, or all four for credit. Section A1: Latin American Cities in Literature and Film. (Prerequisite: CAS LS 350) Examination of the representation of Latin American cities, particularly Mexico City, in literature and film. Explores specific themes but also presents a broad vision of Latin American and Mexican culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taught in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LS 452 A1. Section B1: Queer Cinema. Tracks shifting representations of queerness in their cultural, subcultural, national, and transnational contexts via the richness of cinematic interventions in the struggle against white heteronormative patriarchal society. Many of the films in this course include sexually explicit content. Section C1: TV and Diversity. (Prerequisite: CAS CI 303) Explores the many ways that television engages with diversity, challenging what the mainstream considers "normal" or "universal." Topics under exploration include, but are not limited to, diversity of characters, audiences, themes, creative workers, and genres. Section D1: Writing Film & TV Criticism. (Prerequisite: CAS CI 202 or CAS CI 303.) Examines both the history of film and television criticism and current practices in a variety of mass media. Students write reviews and think-pieces that blend insightful analysis with an engaging voice.