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FILM 310

Film Theory

(may be cross-listed with ENG 395) Provides students who already have a background in introductory film studies with a sense of the most important theoretical issues in cinema. Topics may include the following: early film theory; film and (anti-) narrative; auteur theory; genre theory; semiotics; psychoanalysis; ideology and politics; feminist film theory; theories of documentary; postmodernism; post-colonialism and "third cinema"; new media and the digital era. Prerequisites: FILM 100 (ENG 167) or FILM 200 (COMM 237).

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Current Semester Information

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay

310A: Film Theory

Literature and Theory: Advanced Topics: Film Theory

Film â¿¿ as cinema and video â¿¿ 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.