COLT232 201901 Undergraduate

Fall 2019
COLT 232
Applies To: 
Literature and Film

Michael Allan

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  • Title: Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Additional Title: Program Faculty in Cinema Studies; Program Faculty in Comic Studies
  • Office: 316 Villard Hall
  • Office Hours: Spring 2022 F 11:15-1:15 by appt.
Department Section Description: 

Animation: The Enchanted Life of the Moving Image

How does an image come to life? From story to page to screen, we will explore the development of the moving image in its most basic form. We will begin with early experiments in the visual depiction of movement and then explore developments in motion photography, early cinema and eventually animation. With stories ranging from Lotte Reiniger’s Adventures of Prince Achmed and Émile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie to Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio and Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, we will chart fantasies of images that come to life and the futures that they allow us to imagine.


A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.


Multicultural, International Cultures (IC) courses study world cultures in critical perspective.  They either treat an international culture in view of the issues raised in AC and IP courses (i.e., race and ethnicity, pluralism and mono-culturalism, prejudice and tolerance) or they analyze worldviews that differ substantially from those that prevail in the present-day United States.


Global Perspectives courses study world cultures in critical perspective, or analyze worldviews that differ substantially from those that prevail in the present-day United States.

Comics Studies Minor

Comics Studies Minor courses present students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of editorial cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels, and how these forms communicate, inform, and emotionally engage their audiences.  Students will be required to think outside of accustomed disciplinary boundaries, and to analyze and experiment with the interaction of both visual and linguistic systems of meaning.