Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FLST 101-01 Intro to Film Studies
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
An introductory study of the preeminent art form of the 20th Century. The course will focus upon the fundamentals of film study as an academic discipline, including formal analysis of film narrative and cinematic technique (the art of film), contextual approaches to film, study of various film genres, and rudimentary experience with film production. Students will be exposed to aesthetically and historically important films from a number of cultural traditions.
1330:TR   ALTHSE 106
1900:WU   ALTHSE 106
FLST 210-01 American Documentary Film
Instructor: Zachary Baque
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-02. The purpose of this class is to critically engage students in the American documentary film and the theoretical debates its practice and viewing entail. For from being a simple objective representation of a supposedly truthful reality, the documentary is a complex film form that must be deciphered so as to become critical viewers that will not take moving images at face value. The premise of this course is that formal and aesthetic choices made by the director have immediate political consequences in the reception of images by the spectator. Being able to analyze these images becomes, in return, a political strategy in order to become better spectators who can understand their problematic relationship to an image-saturated environment. The course will follow a chronological framework in order to explore the evolution of the documentary form in the United States. We will be seeing films such as Nanook of the North, Primary, Salesman, In the Year of the Pig, and Fahrenheit 9/11.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
FLST 210-02 From Novel to Film
Instructor: Thomas Reed
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-01. This course cultivates rigorous skills of literary and filmic analysis. Looking at film "remakes" of novels will highlight the capabilities and limitations of the two media and the ways narratives reflect the specific values and concerns of their eras of creation. Possible "pairings": Silence of the Lambs; Black Robe; Dracula; Mary Reilly; Remains of the Day; and The English Patient.
1330:TF   EASTC 405
FLST 210-03 Critical Approaches and Literary Methods
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 220-02.An introduction to the basic questions that one may ask about a literary text, its author, and its audience. Study of a limited selection of literary texts using several critical approaches. The course will also offer instruction in the elements of critical writing.
1030:TR   EASTC 406
FLST 210-04 Writing About Sexuality and Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SPAN 231-03. The primary goal of this writing intensive course is to develop students writing skills in Spanish. Both in class and homework assignments approach writing as a process, and students will engage in drafts, peer editing, and revisions of their work. The courses central aim is to help students in the development of ideas, creativity, organization, and basic research skills that shape strong academic writing. Throughout the semester students will broaden their lexicon and knowledge of Hispanic cultures through the critical analysis of film and literature. As we analyze various representations of sexuality, we will discuss what these expressions of pleasure and desire tell us about cultural practices, beliefs, values, and social institutions. In addition to readings, you will be asked to watch films outside of class.
1030:TR   BOSLER 313
FLST 210-05 Real to Reel: Sacred in Film
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 318-01. This course examines the religious dimensions of contemporary films such as Whale Rider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings. We will also pay attention to the technical aspects of film such as lighting, camera angles and special effects.
1330:TF   EASTC 300
FLST 310-02 Demystifying the Mafia Universe
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01. Additional meeting time for ITAL & INBM students - Thursday 3:00-3:50pm in Bosler 314. In this course we will analyze and discuss American and Italian films on the Mafia.
1900:R   ALTHSE 106
1500:MW   BOSLER 314
FLST 310-03 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02, LALC 385-01 and SPAN 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
FLST 310-04 American Auteurs
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-03 and ENGL 335-01. Auteurs are usually defined as filmmakers whose individual styles and extraordinary control over the elements of production allow them to create unique films that reflect their own personalities and artistic preoccupations. In this class we will examine the work of four contemporary American directors who are usually identified as auteurs: David Lynch, Gregg Araki, Sophia Coppola, Spike Lee, and Christopher Nolan. Through examinations of their films and through readings on film authorship and culture in the United States, we will explore what it means both to be an auteur in general and to be an auteur in twenty-first-century America.
1500:TF   EASTC 405
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 301-02 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-03, LALC 386-01 and SPAN 385-01. Permission of Instructor Required. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
AMST 301-03 American Auteurs
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 335-01 and FLST 310-04. Auteurs are usually defined as filmmakers whose individual styles and extraordinary control over the elements of production allow them to create unique films that reflect their own personalities and artistic preoccupations. In this class we will examine the work of four contemporary American directors who are usually identified as auteurs: David Lynch, Gregg Araki, Sophia Coppola, Spike Lee, and Christopher Nolan. Through examinations of their films and through readings on film authorship and culture in the United States, we will explore what it means both to be an auteur in general and to be an auteur in twenty-first-century America.
1500:TF   EASTC 405
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 101-01 From Novel to Film
Instructor: Thomas Reed
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-02. This course cultivates rigorous skills of literary and filmic analysis. Looking at film "remakes" of novels will highlight the capabilities and limitations of the two media and the ways narratives reflect the specific values and concerns of their eras of creation. Possible "pairings": Silence of the Lambs; Black Robe; Dracula; Mary Reilly; Remains of the Day; and The English Patient.
1330:TF   EASTC 405
ENGL 220-02 Critical Approaches and Literary Methods
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-03.
1030:TR   EASTC 406
ENGL 335-01 American Auteurs
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-03 and FLST 310-04. Auteurs are usually defined as filmmakers whose individual styles and extraordinary control over the elements of production allow them to create unique films that reflect their own personalities and artistic preoccupations. In this class we will examine the work of four contemporary American directors who are usually identified as auteurs: David Lynch, Gregg Araki, Sophia Coppola, Spike Lee, and Christopher Nolan. Through examinations of their films and through readings on film authorship and culture in the United States, we will explore what it means both to be an auteur in general and to be an auteur in twenty-first-century America.
1500:TF   EASTC 405
Courses Offered in ITAL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ITAL 323-01 Demystifying the Mafia Universe
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-02. Additional meeting time for ITAL & INBM students - Thursday 3:00-3:50pm in Bosler 314. In this course we will analyze and discuss American and Italian films on the Mafia.
1900:R   ALTHSE 106
1500:MW   BOSLER 314
1500:R   BOSLER 314
Courses Offered in LALC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LALC 385-01 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02, FLST 310-03 and SPAN 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 318-01 Real to Reel: Sacred in Film
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-05. This course examines the religious dimensions of contemporary films such as Whale Rider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings. We will also pay attention to the technical aspects of film such as lighting, camera angles and special effects.
1330:TF   EASTC 300
Courses Offered in SPAN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SPAN 231-03 Writing About Sexuality and Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04. The primary goal of this writing intensive course is to develop students writing skills in Spanish. Both in class and homework assignments approach writing as a process, and students will engage in drafts, peer editing, and revisions of their work. The courses central aim is to help students in the development of ideas, creativity, organization, and basic research skills that shape strong academic writing. Throughout the semester students will broaden their lexicon and knowledge of Hispanic cultures through the critical analysis of film and literature. As we analyze various representations of sexuality, we will discuss what these expressions of pleasure and desire tell us about cultural practices, beliefs, values, and social institutions. In addition to readings, you will be asked to watch films outside of class.
1030:TR   BOSLER 313
SPAN 385-01 Home, the Streets, Borders: Examining Tropes of Latino/a Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02, FLST 310-03 and LALC 385-01. This course examines the cultural meaning and production of Latino/a cinema. In particular, we will focus on films representation of space in relation to the spatial imaginary of Latino/a communities. As we study racial and ethnic grouping in the U.S., we will reflect on how transcultural subjects negotiate space and border crossings. Students will develop basic research skills; demonstrate, orally and in writing, basic understanding of some of the historical and cultural contexts in which literary and visual texts are produced; and put their voices in conversation with other scholars in their written assignments. In addition to readings, students will be asked to view films outside of class.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313