Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FLST 102-01 Fundamentals of Digital Film Production
Instructor: Christopher Fernando
Course Description:
This course provides instruction in the basic aesthetic and technical aspects of digital film production, including writing, producing, directing, shooting, lighting, recording and mixing sound, and editing. Students will learn to harness digital tools while focusing on their roles as storytellers. Each participant will write and direct a video, rotating through various crew positions as they carry out exercises designed to deepen their knowledge of the different elements of moviemaking. Ultimately, students will collaborate in teams on short movies, which will be screened at the final class. Prerequisite: FLST 101 OR FLST 310/ENGL 218. Offered every two years.
1330:M   BOSLER 307
FLST 201-01 The History of Film
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 279-01. An examination of the economic, cultural, technological, generic, formal, and aesthetic evolution of cinematic art, from 19th century precursors of the motion picture to the current state of world cinema. Between these bookends, the survey might include such developments as the medium's inception in 1895, early international (especially German, Soviet and French) classics in silent film, the rise of Hollywood, the emergence of sound, American censorship and classical Hollywood cinema, pre-war French classics, post-war Italian neo-realism, la nouvelle vague, Asian and third-world cinemas, eastern European and British developments at mid-century, and changes in the American film industry in the Sixties and Seventies. This course is cross-listed as FLST 201.
1330:TR   DENNY 311
FLST 210-01 Japanese Literature into Film
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 203-01. This course introduces students to major figures in the cinematic and literary history of Japan while exploring the issue of film adaptation. Each week we will read a book, play or short story and watch a film made from that source. Rather than discuss questions of a film's fidelity, we will examine how different techniques are used in the source and the adaptation to explore similar or even diverging themes.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 109
FLST 210-02 Music in Film
Instructor: Blake Wilson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MUAC 221-01.An introduction to the role and subject of music in film. This course will focus upon films made between ca. 1933 and the present, chosen for the variety and significance of their musical scores. Through critical reading, listening, and viewing, students will be taught to analyze the various functions of music in film, and to appreciate music as an essential and distinctive component of film narrative. No prior background in music is required for this course. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
1330:MR   WEISS 235
FLST 210-03 Screening Korea: Film and Historical Understanding
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 204-01 and HIST 215-04. Do national cinemas evolve with a countrys major transformations? How do historians analyze films and how do filmmakers represent history? In this course, we will investigate South Korean and North Korean films with the aim of gaining a rich and textured understanding of these nations past and present. Using films as our primary sources, we will learn about the politics, economy, and social relations of key time periods in the past. Through films, we will also chart changes in society and examine salient aspects of collective memories about the colonial era (1910-1945), national division (1945-present), and postcolonial economic development (1961-1987). In addition to the films, we will read scholarly texts about North and South Korean histories and societies.
1030:MWF   EASTC 301
FLST 210-04 Ancient Worlds on Film
Instructor: Christopher Francese
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CLST 140-01.
1230:MWF   STERN 103
FLST 310-01 Migration Anxieties in the Cinema of Italy
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01.Part of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic, but open to all students. Study of significant themes and values that inform Italian culture and are informed by it. This course draws on a wide selection of sources including history, sociology, psychology, popular culture. Since the 1990s, because of geopolitical and economic circumstances, Italy has increasingly become a destination country for thousands of immigrants from around the world, in particular from the former Communist bloc and the global south. This massive phenomenon transformed the demographics of Italy and mainstream media coverage of it triggered anxieties across the nation with regard to geopolitical borders, socioeconomic changes, cultural and gendered identities, racialized bodies, and ideas of otherness. The cinema has intercepted these anxieties representing both the sense of displacement of the migrant populations and the feeling of destabilization perceived in the host country. In this course we will analyze a selection from Italian films to investigate their forms, narratives, and strategic perspectives, seeking for tentative answers to several compelling questions. This course is offered in English. Italian Studies majors, Italian minors and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a discussion group in Italian and will write their papers in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a "FLIC: Italian" notation on their transcript. Prerequisites: 231 if taken as Italian FLIC; none, if taking the English only portion. This course fulfills the DIV I. b. distribution requirement. Offered on an as-needed basis.
1900:U   ALTHSE 106
1330:TR   BOSLER 213
FLST 310-02 Black Visual Aesthetics
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01 and AMST 301-02. The course will examine the construction and performance of "black" racial identities through various forms of visual culture. In the class, we will investigate how visual representations, technologies of vision, and the visual arts including specifically film and photography produced in North America (the U.S. Canada, and the Caribbean) and Europe have been used to create and transform the idea of "blackness" at specific historical moments. Specifically, we will look at the films of Sankofa Film and Video Collective, a pioneering group of young black British filmmakers; "blaxpolitations" films in the U.S.; and the work of various Caribbean film makers. In addition, the photography of African Americans James Van der Zee and Lorna Simpson, British-Nigerian Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Jamaican Albert Chong, among others, will be explored to examine the ways in which people of African descent have used visual means to call into question and subvert dominant racial, sexual, and gender categories and ideologies.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 106
Courses Offered in AFST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 320-01 Black Visual Aesthetics
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-02 and FLST 310-02. The course will examine the construction and performance of "black" racial identities through various forms of visual culture. In the class, we will investigate how visual representations, technologies of vision, and the visual arts including specifically film and photography produced in North America (the U.S. Canada, and the Caribbean) and Europe have been used to create and transform the idea of "blackness" at specific historical moments. Specifically, we will look at the films of Sankofa Film and Video Collective, a pioneering group of young black British filmmakers; "blaxpolitations" films in the U.S.; and the work of various Caribbean film makers. In addition, the photography of African Americans James Van der Zee and Lorna Simpson, British-Nigerian Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Jamaican Albert Chong, among others, will be explored to examine the ways in which people of African descent have used visual means to call into question and subvert dominant racial, sexual, and gender categories and ideologies.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 106
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 301-02 Black Visual Aesthetics
Instructor: Jerry Philogene
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01 and FLST 310-02. The course will examine the construction and performance of "black" racial identities through various forms of visual culture. In the class, we will investigate how visual representations, technologies of vision, and the visual arts including specifically film and photography produced in North America (the U.S. Canada, and the Caribbean) and Europe have been used to create and transform the idea of "blackness" at specific historical moments. Specifically, we will look at the films of Sankofa Film and Video Collective, a pioneering group of young black British filmmakers; "blaxpolitations" films in the U.S.; and the work of various Caribbean film makers. In addition, the photography of African Americans James Van der Zee and Lorna Simpson, British-Nigerian Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Jamaican Albert Chong, among others, will be explored to examine the ways in which people of African descent have used visual means to call into question and subvert dominant racial, sexual, and gender categories and ideologies.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 106
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 203-01 Japanese Literature into Film
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01. This course introduces students to major figures in the cinematic and literary history of Japan while exploring the issue of film adaptation. Each week we will read a book, play or short story and watch a film made from that source. Rather than discuss questions of a film's fidelity, we will examine how different techniques are used in the source and the adaptation to explore similar or even diverging themes.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 109
EASN 204-01 Screening Korea: Film and Historical Understanding
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-03 and HIST 215-04. Do national cinemas evolve with a countrys major transformations? How do historians analyze films and how do filmmakers represent history? In this course, we will investigate South Korean and North Korean films with the aim of gaining a rich and textured understanding of these nations past and present. Using films as our primary sources, we will learn about the politics, economy, and social relations of key time periods in the past. Through films, we will also chart changes in society and examine salient aspects of collective memories about the colonial era (1910-1945), national division (1945-present), and postcolonial economic development (1961-1987). In addition to the films, we will read scholarly texts about North and South Korean histories and societies.
1030:MWF   EASTC 301
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 215-04 Screening Korea: Film and Historical Understanding
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 204-01 and FLST 210-03. Do national cinemas evolve with a countrys major transformations? How do historians analyze films and how do filmmakers represent history? In this course, we will investigate South Korean and North Korean films with the aim of gaining a rich and textured understanding of these nations past and present. Using films as our primary sources, we will learn about the politics, economy, and social relations of key time periods in the past. Through films, we will also chart changes in society and examine salient aspects of collective memories about the colonial era (1910-1945), national division (1945-present), and postcolonial economic development (1961-1987). In addition to the films, we will read scholarly texts about North and South Korean histories and societies.
1030:MWF   EASTC 301
HIST 279-01 The History of Film
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 201-01. This course concerns the emergence and development of the film industry and the various conditions that have and continue to influence it. While artistic considerations are certainly important, the making of films is also a commercial enterprise in which financial concerns are paramount. Moreover, since films enjoy enormous popularity with virtually all in society, regardless of age or education, the political and moral content of films is a constant concern for private as well as governmental organizations. Therefore, this course is also about how competing and often incompatible tensions -- artistic, financial, political, and moral -- have influenced the making of films. This course is cross-listed as FLST 201.
1330:TR   DENNY 311
Courses Offered in ITAL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ITAL 323-01 Migration Anxieties in the Cinema of Italy
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 310-01.Part of the Mediteranean Migrations Mosaic, but open to all students. Study of significant themes and values that inform Italian culture and are informed by it. This course draws on a wide selection of sources including history, sociology, psychology, popular culture. Since the 1990s, because of geopolitical and economic circumstances, Italy has increasingly become a destination country for thousands of immigrants from around the world, in particular from the former Communist bloc and the global south. This massive phenomenon transformed the demographics of Italy and mainstream media coverage of it triggered anxieties across the nation with regard to geopolitical borders, socioeconomic changes, cultural and gendered identities, racialized bodies, and ideas of otherness. The cinema has intercepted these anxieties representing both the sense of displacement of the migrant populations and the feeling of destabilization perceived in the host country. In this course we will analyze a selection from Italian films to investigate their forms, narratives, and strategic perspectives, seeking for tentative answers to several compelling questions. This course is offered in English. Italian Studies majors, Italian minors and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a discussion group in Italian and will write their papers in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a "FLIC: Italian" notation on their transcript. Prerequisites: 231 if taken as Italian FLIC; none, if taking the English only portion. This course fulfills the DIV I. b. distribution requirement. Offered on an as-needed basis.
1900:U   ALTHSE 106
1330:TR   BOSLER 213
Courses Offered in MUAC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MUAC 221-01 Music in Film
Instructor: Blake Wilson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-02. An introduction to the role and subject of music in film. This course will focus upon films made between ca. 1933 and the present, chosen for the variety and significance of their musical scores. Through critical reading, listening, and viewing, students will be taught to analyze the various functions of music in film, and to appreciate music as an essential and distinctive component of film narrative. No prior background in music is required for this course. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
1330:MR   WEISS 235