In this course, we will explore the basic elements of media aesthetics through the very contemporary issue of global pandemics. For our purposes, we will take the word “pandemic” loosely, following its association with pandemonium, as “a place or state of utter confusion and uproar.” Deriving from ancient Greek and Latin, Pandæmonium was at one time considered to be “the high Capital Of Satan and his Peers.” Today, we can locate resonances of the association between pandemics and evil with the disorder and chaos that ensue. We will use film examples of global pandemics to unpack how film visualizes pandemonium, creating an aesthetic of chaos. By participating in screenings, discussions, and scene analysis activities you will learn about the fundamental elements of cinema studies as an academic discipline - including ideology, aesthetics, history, and production – while exploring the larger social issues of gender, race, and sexuality.
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.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
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.