Fall 2015

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. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 106
1900:U   ALTHSE 106
FLST 210-01 The Cold War and Film
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 211-02.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.
1330:MR   DENNY 21
FLST 210-02 The American Sitcom
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-04 and AMST 200-05.From the 1950s until very recently, the sitcom or situation comedy has been one of American televisions most popular and emblematic genres. Network lineups have been determined by it, household rhythms organized around it, and legal and financial battles fought over its content. In large part, the sitcoms popular significance and financial success have stemmed from its unique approach to the representation of social, economic, and political change. Both the genres strict stylistic conventions and its comedic approach to storytelling have allowed it to function as an unusual kind of public sphere in which contemporary debates about race, class, gender, and sexuality are represented through visual and narrative forms. In this course we will examine the sitcom from institutional, aesthetic, and historical perspectives so as to understand its role in the negotiation of cultural change.
1500:TF   EASTC 405
FLST 210-03 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01, RELG 260-01 and MEST 200-02.Additional time slot: Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.
1330:W   BOSLER 208
FLST 210-04 Russian Film of the Putin Era: 2000-2015
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RUSS 260-01.Taught in English.For Lenin, cinema was "the most important art"; for Stalin, it was "the greatest medium of mass motivation." In the fifteen years since Vladimir Putins inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally ideological, as well as contentious, role. We will track and analyze major themes in recent Russian cinema, including the rise of the Russian blockbuster, banned films, popular culture under Putin, developments in art house cinema, and the intersections of politics and film art. Course taught in English. No prior knowledge of Russian culture required.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
FLST 310-01 Screenwriting
Instructor: Shahin Izadi
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 219-02.This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of good screenwriting: structure, theme, conflict, character, and dialogue. Students take part in weekly writing exercises as preparation for their final class project--creating a detailing outline of an original screenplay, and completing the first act. Topics include plot and subplot, character development, and commercial considerations such as format and genre. Students are required to read essential books on scriptwriting and to analyze several films and the screenplays on which they are based.
1330:M   EASTC 107
FLST 310-02 Third Reich Cinema
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
Course Description:
Cross-listed with GRMN 370-01.Taught in German.
1500:MR   BOSLER 208
FLST 310-03 The Vietnam War in Literature and Film
Instructor: Rebekah Linh Collins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 349-03.This course will examine Vietnamese, diasporic Vietnamese, American, and other narratives of the war we call "Vietnam" from various theoretical perspectives including that of postcolonialism. We will read and view poetry, prose, and some non-canonical films that (re)consider the Indochinese wars through the lenses of race, class, language, gender, sexuality, and other attributes entwined with power and privilege. We will ask why those wars still matter today and what it means to be "postcolonial" or "postwar" in the twenty-first century. Works by Trinh T. Minh-ha, An-My Le, Hong-An Truong, Linh Dinh, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Duong Van Mai Elliott and Thuong Vuong-Riddick may be included.
1030:TR   EASTC 301
FLST 310-04 Cubania and Cuban Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 300-01 and SPAN 380-01.Part of the Cuban Mini-Mosaic.This course, taught in Spanish, investigates the role of Cuban cinema in visualizing the nation, Cubanness, and cultural belonging. We will explore how film and documentary media shape national subjectivities in their presentation of history, culture, gender, sexuality, and politics. We will further our inquiry through readings, both in English and Spanish, from books and scholarly articles. Students should expect to invest a significant amount of time on film viewings outside of class, assigned readings, and multiple writing assignments as they sharpen their ability to analyze film content and technique.
1330:TF   BOSLER 314
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-05 The American Sitcom
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-04 and FLST 210-02.From the 1950s until very recently, the sitcom or situation comedy has been one of American televisions most popular and emblematic genres. Network lineups have been determined by it, household rhythms organized around it, and legal and financial battles fought over its content. In large part, the sitcoms popular significance and financial success have stemmed from its unique approach to the representation of social, economic, and political change. Both the genres strict stylistic conventions and its comedic approach to storytelling have allowed it to function as an unusual kind of public sphere in which contemporary debates about race, class, gender, and sexuality are represented through visual and narrative forms. In this course we will examine the sitcom from institutional, aesthetic, and historical perspectives so as to understand its role in the negotiation of cultural change.
1500:TF   EASTC 405
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 101-04 The American Sitcom
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-05 and FLST 210-02.From the 1950s until very recently, the sitcom or situation comedy has been one of American televisions most popular and emblematic genres. Network lineups have been determined by it, household rhythms organized around it, and legal and financial battles fought over its content. In large part, the sitcoms popular significance and financial success have stemmed from its unique approach to the representation of social, economic, and political change. Both the genres strict stylistic conventions and its comedic approach to storytelling have allowed it to function as an unusual kind of public sphere in which contemporary debates about race, class, gender, and sexuality are represented through visual and narrative forms. In this course we will examine the sitcom from institutional, aesthetic, and historical perspectives so as to understand its role in the negotiation of cultural change.
1500:TF   EASTC 405
ENGL 219-02 Screenwriting
Instructor: Shahin Izadi
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-01.This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of good screenwriting: structure, theme, conflict, character, and dialogue. Students take part in weekly writing exercises as preparation for their final class project--creating a detailing outline of an original screenplay, and completing the first act. Topics include plot and subplot, character development, and commercial considerations such as format and genre. Students are required to read essential books on scriptwriting and to analyze several films and the screenplays on which they are based.
1330:M   EASTC 107
ENGL 349-03 The Vietnam War in Literature and Film
Instructor: Rebekah Linh Collins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-03.This course will examine Vietnamese, diasporic Vietnamese, American, and other narratives of the war we call "Vietnam" from various theoretical perspectives including that of postcolonialism. We will read and view poetry, prose, and some non-canonical films that (re)consider the Indochinese wars through the lenses of race, class, language, gender, sexuality, and other attributes entwined with power and privilege. We will ask why those wars still matter today and what it means to be "postcolonial" or "postwar" in the twenty-first century. Works by Trinh T. Minh-ha, An-My Le, Hong-An Truong, Linh Dinh, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Duong Van Mai Elliott and Thuong Vuong-Riddick may be included.
1030:TR   EASTC 301
Courses Offered in GRMN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
GRMN 370-01 Third Reich Cinema
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-02.Taught in German.
1500:MR   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 211-02 The Cold War and Film
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.
1330:MR   DENNY 21
Courses Offered in JDST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JDST 216-01 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01, MEST 200-02 and FLST 210-03.Additional time slot: Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.
1330:W   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in LALC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LALC 300-01 Cubania and Cuban Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SPAN 380-01 and FLST 310-04.Part of the Cuban Mini-Mosaic.This course, taught in Spanish, investigates the role of Cuban cinema in visualizing the nation, Cubanness, and cultural belonging. We will explore how film and documentary media shape national subjectivities in their presentation of history, culture, gender, sexuality, and politics. We will further our inquiry through readings, both in English and Spanish, from books and scholarly articles. Students should expect to invest a significant amount of time on film viewings outside of class, assigned readings, and multiple writing assignments as they sharpen their ability to analyze film content and technique.
1330:TF   BOSLER 314
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 200-02 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01, JDST 216-01 and FLST 210-03.Additional time slot: Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.
1330:W   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 260-01 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-02, JDST 216-01 and FLST 210-03.Additional time slot: Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.
1330:W   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in RUSS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RUSS 260-01 Russian Film of the Putin Era: 2000-2015
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04.Taught in English.For Lenin, cinema was "the most important art"; for Stalin, it was "the greatest medium of mass motivation." In the fifteen years since Vladimir Putins inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally ideological, as well as contentious, role. We will track and analyze major themes in recent Russian cinema, including the rise of the Russian blockbuster, banned films, popular culture under Putin, developments in art house cinema, and the intersections of politics and film art. Course taught in English. No prior knowledge of Russian culture required.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in SPAN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SPAN 380-01 Cubania and Cuban Cinema
Instructor: Margaret Frohlich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-04 and LALC 300-01.Part of the Cuban Mini-Mosaic.This course, taught in Spanish, investigates the role of Cuban cinema in visualizing the nation, Cubanness, and cultural belonging. We will explore how film and documentary media shape national subjectivities in their presentation of history, culture, gender, sexuality, and politics. We will further our inquiry through readings, both in English and Spanish, from books and scholarly articles. Students should expect to invest a significant amount of time on film viewings outside of class, assigned readings, and multiple writing assignments as they sharpen their ability to analyze film content and technique.
1330:TF   BOSLER 314