This course will build on our abilities to watch, analyze and write about media objects, particularly film. We will learn to recognize, define and elaborate on various kinds of cinema (fiction, documentary etc.), genres (musical, western, horror etc.), elements of narrative (script, plot, point of view); we will develop an understanding of and gain familiarity with technical vocabulary used to analyze film form; we will examine in detail aspects of film aesthetics including mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, and effects and learn to use terminologies relevant to each aspect of filmmaking as well as identify and analyze these elements in particular films. Finally, the course will situate its exploration of aesthetic concepts in a historical and cultural frame.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
Digital Humanities Minor courses integrate literary study with the use of digital tools and technologies. Students in the minor learn how to make interpretive arguments by building digital archives and maps, interacting with digital games, using web-based publishing platforms, and visualizing data. The minor pays particular attention to the culture of creation in literary and cultural analysis.