Study of a specific topic within contemporary literary theory. Examples include The Rise and Fall of Deconstruction, Theories of the Avant Garde, and Film Theory.
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395A: Tps:Film Theory
Literature and Theory: Advanced Topics: Film Theory
Film - as cinema and video - has become one of the most influential forms of communication in contemporary global culture. In this course students will explore some of the dominant theoretical approaches to film as an artistic medium (including psychoanalytic, sociological, feminist, queer-theoretical, cognitive, materialist schools), as well as some of the classical debates among film theorists. We will also investigate how important material elements of film design, such as editing, acting, cinematography, star-casting, lighting, and narrative structure influence the consciousness of film viewers.