Cinema & Media Studies

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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
    Provides an overview of fundamental concepts for the analysis and understanding of film. Films are screened weekly and 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 269: Holocaust Literature and Film (in English translation)
    Questions of representation in literature and film about the Holocaust, including testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, Ozick, and others; films include documentaries and feature films. Discussions of the Holocaust as historical reality, metaphor, and generative force in literature. Also offered as CAS RN 385 A1 and CAS XL 281 A1.
  • CAS CI 270: Israeli Culture through Film
    Israeli society, from its origins to contemporary times, through the medium of film. Topics include immigration; Jewish religious life; war; the ongoing impact of the Holocaust on Israeli society; gender; and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Introduction to film analysis and interpretive methods. Also offered as CAS LH 283 and CAS LH 453.
  • CAS CI 303: Understanding TV
    History of television (and its foundation in radio) as it emerged, stabilized, interacted with other media, was regulated/deregulated, was shaped by and shaped the culture. Focuses on broadcasting's beginnings, expansion, establishment as the national, mass medium in America, and eventual fracturing into niches.
  • 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 340: Jane Campion: A Girl?s Own Story
    In-depth study of Jane Campion, whose prolific output has largely resisted any attempt to represent "the" woman's voice -- a pressure Campion has had to face due to being a rare female director working in a male-dominated industry. Also offered as CAS WS 305 E1.
  • 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
    Topic for Fall 2017, Section A1: Hollywood 1939. Intensive study of films, and literary works adapted into films, made in the greatest year in Hollywood history, including Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 375 A1.
  • CAS CI 462: Asian Cinema
    Surveys important and influential films from India, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere in East Asia from the 1950s to the present, including works from Satyajit Ray, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Zhang Yimou, Tsai Ming-liang, and Wong Kar-wai.
  • CAS CI 490: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
    Two topics are offered in Fall 2017. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Growing Up in Korea. Examines memoirs, prose fiction, film, television dramas, graphic narratives to ask: how have the conventions of Korean coming-of-age narratives evolved over time? What does this say about changes in Korean identity? No knowledge of Korean required. Also offered as CAS LK 470 A1. Section B1: Visual Politics: Propaganda Art, Literature, and "Model Films" during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). A study of "model films," poster art, and literature during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A critical approach to the larger cultural and political context of socialist art and literature as well as its legacy in China today. Also offered as CAS LC 470 A1 and CAS XL 470 A1.
  • CAS CI 510: Critical Studies in Literature and the Arts
    Topic for Spring 2017: Film Theory. Survey of the writing and thinking of influential theorists and critics. Includes screenings of films relevant to the theoretical discussions, and questions how films offer their own ideas about the nature of film.
  • CAS CI 537: Fr New Wave
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • CAS CI 545: Stanley Kubrick: The Cinema of Dread
    Intensive study of Kubrick's films, from Fear and Desire to Eyes Wide Shut. Readings of pertinent fiction by Nabokov, Burgess, Thackeray, Stephen King, and Arthur C. Clarke. Topics include: black comedy, visionary experience, utopic misanthropy. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 593 A1.
  • 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
    Six topics are offered for Fall 2017. Make be repeated for credit if section topic is different. Section A1: NBC: Anatomy of a Network. Explores the different stages of TV's development by using NBC as a case study. Examines the ways "America's network" has navigated the transition from radio to TV, monopolistic trends, inter-network competition, programming decisions, conglomeration, threats from cable and the Internet. Pre-req: CAS CI 303 or COM FT 303. Section B1: Cordless TV. Focuses on differing ways of watching television beyond the television set. Explores ideas of on-demand television and its effects on how television is made and marketed, what audiences are targeted, and how outlets like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are changing the television industry. Pre-req: CAS CI 303 or COM FT 303. Section C1: Writing Film & TV Criticism. Examines both the history of film and television criticism and current practices in a variety of mass media. Students write reviews and thinkpieces that blend insightful analysis with an engaging voice. Pre-req: COM FT 250 or either CAS CI 303 or COM FT 303. Section D1: American Masterworks. A survey of American cinema from the silent era up to recent times, including films directed by such figures as Griffith, Chaplin, Keaton, Ford, Hawks, Capra, Welles, Hitchcock, Ray, Cassavetes, Altman, and Malick. Considers production history and cultural context. Section E1: Foundational Masterworks of American Independent Film. The foundational masterworks of American independent film. Focus on the masterworks created by the first generation of American independent filmmakers--works that changed American film history and continue to inspire generations of independent filmmakers with their example. Section F1: Race, Gender, and Sci-Fi. Explores race, gender, and sexuality as central to science fiction on film and television via Alien, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among other works, to gauge how sci-fi has been used to fantasize radical elsewheres, engage Otherness, and confront issues from enslavement to artificial intelligence.