Courses

History of Global Cinema 1: Origins through 1950s

COM CI 101 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCOMCI101 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 4:30 pm CAS B36
W 2:00 pm 4:00 pm CAS B36
2016FALLCOMCI101 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CAS 220
2016FALLCOMCI101 C1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 3:00 pm 4:00 pm CAS 229

Global Film History II: 1960s to the Present

COM CI 102 (4 credits)

A survey of global cinema from 1960 to the present, covering the transformation of Hollywood from the classical studio system to the New Hollywood, the rise of international new waves in Europe and Latin America in the 1960s and 70s, and the renewal of art cinemas through major international auteurs in Europe, Africa, and East Asia.

2017SPRGCOMCI102 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm CAS
W 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI102 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 2:30 pm 3:20 pm COM
2017SPRGCOMCI102 C1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 3:35 pm 4:25 pm COM

Literature and the Art of Film

COM CI 201 (4 credits)

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.

2017SPRGCOMCI201 A1, Jan 23rd to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 8:30 pm CAS
T 3:30 pm 5:15 pm CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI201 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:35 pm 4:25 pm CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI201 B2, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:35 pm 4:25 pm BRB

Understanding Film

COM CI 202 (4 credits)

Introduces students to key aesthetic aspects of film by exploring a range of styles and genres in film as seen through the medium's history. Focus on analysis of formal elements, viewing both complete films and individual sequences. Also offered as COM FT 250.

2016FALLCOMCI202 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 6:00 pm 9:00 pm SED 130
2016FALLCOMCI202 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:00 am 11:00 am COM 212
2017SPRGCOMCI202 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 9:45 am COM
2017SPRGCOMCI202 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:20 pm 1:10 pm COM

Phil and Film

COM CI 263 (4 credits)

Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film

COM CI 269 (4 credits)

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 and CAS XL 281.

Understanding TV

COM CI 303 (4 credits)

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. Also offered as COM FT 303.

2016FALLCOMCI303 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 4:00 pm 6:00 pm SED 130
2016FALLCOMCI303 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:00 pm 2:00 pm COM 212
2017SPRGCOMCI303 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 9:45 am CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI303 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:25 pm 2:15 pm CGS

Weimar Cinema

COM CI 320 (4 credits)

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. Also offered as CAS LG 387.

2016FALLCOMCI320 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:00 pm CAS 430
T 5:00 pm 7:00 pm CAS ARR

Brazilian Cinema

COM CI 321 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCOMCI321 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm CAS 212

Jane Campion: A Girl's Own Story

COM CI 340 (4 credits)

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.

Modern Korean Culture Through Cinema

COM CI 365 (4 credits)

This course aims to explore twentieth century Korean culture through cinematic representations. By closely examining Korean films made from the 1940s to the contemporary, we will ask how Korean films have visualized competing forces that have shaped the cultural landscape of modern Korea: colonialism, nationalism, postcolonial conflicts, vanishing tradition, gender and sexual disparity, the national division, institutionalized violence, militarism, and labor. The course is divided into three parts. Part I focuses on the colonial origins of Korean cinema (1894-1945). In Part II we will watch and discuss films from "the Golden Age for South Korean Cinema," which arguably spanned between 1955 and 1969. Part III examines more recent films often classified as "the Korean New Wave" (1996- the present). Other than essays on films, literary and historical accounts are assigned either to examine the issue of adaptation or to examine Korean cinema in a broader cultural setting. *All films shown with English subtitles. Readings and discussions all in English as well. No prerequisites, no knowledge of Korean language or culture required.

2017SPRGCOMCI365 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm CAS

Greek Tragedy and Film

COM CI 369 (4 credits)

This course explores Greek tragic myth's afterlife in cinema: how certain Greek tragic myths have come to life as film and also how certain "non- mythic" stories have acquired a mythic power in cinematic form. It looks at both Greek tragedy and cinema---each one through the lens of the other---as embodying in some essential way a habit of mind, the human search for meaning, that takes the form of seeing in darkness. In cinema, this Greek metaphor of tragic vision has become the medium. Also offered as CAS CL 325.

2017SPRGCOMCI369 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS

Women and Film

COM CI 373 (4 credits)

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.

2016FALLCOMCI373 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 4:00 pm SOC B61
W 2:00 pm 5:00 pm CAS 428

Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies

COM CI 390 (4 credits)

Two topics are offered in Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Black Humor in Literature and Film. What is funny about death, misery, and suffering? A lot, according to certain writers and film- makers who respond to the absurdity and futility of mortal existence with a savage hilarity. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 375. Section B1: Gender, War and Revolution in the Middle East. A gendered examination of wars and of 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 covered colonialism, modernization, proliferation of technology. Taught in English. Also offered as CAS XL 381 and CAS WS 305.

2016FALLCOMCI390 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 6:00 pm CAS 116
2017SPRGCOMCI390 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI390 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm CGS
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm CGS
2017SPRGCOMCI390 C1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm COM
2017SPRGCOMCI390 D1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI390 E1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am PRB

Classical Hollywood Romantic Comedies and Melodramas

COM CI 420 (4 credits)

Discussion of romantic comedies and domestic melodramas made in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. These films set standards for dialogue writing, rich characterization, film performance, and story structure. Also offered as COM FT 401.

2016FALLCOMCI420 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:30 am 2:00 pm COM B05

Masters of Italian Cinema

COM CI 460 (4 credits)

The creative work of Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Bertolucci, and De Sica as expressions of a specific cultural perspective on Italian life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Additional focus on several novels and screen plays that have influenced the work of the directors. Also offered as CAS LI 473.

Asian Cinema

COM CI 462 (4 credits)

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. Also offered as COM FT 404 and COM FT 708.

Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies

COM CI 490 (4 credits)

One topic is offered for Fall 2016. Section A1: 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? Also offered as CAS LK 470.

2016FALLCOMCI490 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm CAS 430
2017SPRGCOMCI490 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm CAS
2017SPRGCOMCI490 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm CAS

Critical Studies in Literature and the Arts: Film Theories

COM CI 510 (4 credits)

Intensive study of major theories of film (Soviet montage, semiotics and structuralism, feminist psychoanalytic theory, genre theory, postmodernism, digital means of production) discussed in relation to exemplary films, screened weekly. Also offered as CAS EN 493.

2017SPRGCOMCI510 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm COM

American Independent Film

COM CI 521 (4 credits)

A survey of cinema from the past three decades originating outside of the studio system. Filmmakers to be examined include Elaine May, Barbara Loder, John Comsavetes, Robert Kramer, Mark Rappaport, and Charles Burnett, among others. Also offered as COM FT 533 and COM FT 723.