Fall 2014 Course Offerings
- FILM 120: Introduction to Film (Sections 001 & 002)—Traci Cartwright
- FILM 120: Introsduction to Film (Section 002)--Deb Banerjee
- Film 310: Film Theory and Criticism--Kenneth Chan
- ENG 320: Contemporary Asian Cinema--Kenneth Chan
- ENG 243: Introduction to Screenwriting--Joseph P Brady*
Spring 2015 Course Offerings
- FILM 120: Introduction to Film (Sections 001 & 003)--Deb Banerjee
- FILM 120: Introduction to Film (Sections 002 & 004)--Traci Cartwright
- FILM 320: Special Topics in Film--Sarah Cornish
- PSCI 350: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa--Brook Blair*
“What? That guy who made The Birds is British? I always thought British movies were only about Victorians drinking tea and visiting Italy!” If that statement reminds you of you, this is a course for you. And, if you already know a good deal about British movies, prepare to learn much more. Surprisingly, British Cinema Studies is a relatively new field of inquiry, but as we will see, the British film industry is rich, prolific, and worthy of your attention. This course is aimed to expose you to a sweep of British cinema from its early days to the present to expose you to many of the various identities, politics, and cultural contexts that inform filmmaking in the United Kingdom. We’ll explore phenomena and topics of industry such as censorship, interwar, middlebrow audiences, the making of stars, and the relationship between Hollywood and London. We’ll engage with and define genre from WWII propaganda, social comedy, kitchen sink melodrama, gangster chic, documentary, adaptations, and identity drama. We’ll focus on game-changing directors like Alexander Korda, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, Sally Potter, Guy Ritchie, Steve McQueen, and Shane Meadows among others. We’ll consider themes of class, race, gender, sexual identity, politics, education, nationalism, urbanism, ruralism, suburbanism, religion, and crime.
This class will focus on the cinema of Akira Kurosawa, the great Japanese filmmaker whose extraordinary work includes Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Dersu Uzala, Kagemusha, and Ran—all of which will be viewed and discussed during the course of this coming semester. In addition to situating Kurosawa’s films in relation to their inspirations in the short stories and plays of Akutagawa, Tolstoy, and Shakespeare, among other important authors in his literary canon, further attention will be given to their significance in relation to the Japanese historical dimension as well as such thinkers as Sun-Tzu, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Freud. There are no prerequisites for this course, which counts towards the Comparative Politics requirement for the Political Science major, the Political Science minor, the Area Studies emphasis of the International Affairs major, and the Film Studies minor.
*ENG 243 and PSCI 350 will count as elective credit toward the minor.