This course will provide students with an understanding of how one of the
major Hollywood studios functioned during Hollywood’s “Classical” Era. We will study the
workings of the studio system and of Warner Bros. in particular, including its stars, directors,
producers, films, and its founders: Jack, Harry, Sam, and Albert. Through screenings, readings,
class discussions, in-class work, online research, students will leave the course with a
demonstrable understanding of the films, personnel, in-house style, star-making, and
operations of Warner Bros. from the late 1920s to the 1950s.
Media, Folklore, and/or Culture courses focus on print and non-print media to explore culture and its processes of creative expression.
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.