Film Theory


SPECIAL NOTE: Admission by Wait-list only. Preference will be given to Film & Media Studies majors and students enrolled in or in the process of applying to our FMS graduate programs. This course is an introduction to both classical and contemporary film theory. It starts by examining the earliest attempts to understand the nature of cinema as a new art form, and then reviews the ways in which, through successive decades, a variety of theorists have formulated, and applied, their definitions of the essential nature of the medium. The course then examines more recent developments within film theory, notably its attempt to incorporate the insights of other critical and analytical paradigms, such as semiotics, structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and postmodernism. REQUIRED SCREENINGS: Tuesdays @ 7 pm
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; AS WI I; FA HUM; AR HUM