Spring 2016 m 1-4 p m. Rm. 3269 (LB1, the lab for film viewing)

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Eng. 3330.001: Film As Literature (Introduction to and History of Film)

Spring 2016
M 1-4 p.m. Rm. 3269 (LB1, the lab for film viewing)

W&F 1-1:50 p.m. Rm. 3269 (regular class meetings for lecture and discussion)

Instructor: Dr. Mark Wildermuth

Office : 3118 MB

Office Phone: 552-2296

Office Hours: TBA

E-Mail Address: Wildermuth_M@utpb.edu
Course Description:

The class is a broad survey providing an overview of major movements in the history of film such as German Expressionism, the Golden Age of cinema in post war Japan, etc. Students will also become familiar with literary critical approaches to film such as formalistic analysis, semiotics and feminist approaches to film. We will, in short, study cinema in the larger context of its cultural poetic to understand better how it reflects and helps shape the aesthetic and ideological landscape of the moviegoer's consciousness. By focusing on realist and formalist traditions of film, we will reconstruct its evolution from the days of the silents to modern day motion pictures. Final objective is for students to learn how to write critical analyses of films in appropriate critical and cultural contexts that reflect critical thinking skills via use of evidence to support arguments.
Prerequisite: one 2000 level English course
Course Requirements:

Regular attendance is required. Three or more unexcused absences constitute grounds for failure in the course; missing 25% of classes for any reason also means failure. Tardiness is also unacceptable: 10 min. late = one unexcused absence. Students are also responsible for the following:
Two 3-5 pp. typed critical papers on film 50%
Two exams on film terminology & analysis 35%
Class participation/miscellaneous exercises 15%
(Other policies on grading will be supplied in a separate handout).
Note: All papers and drafts must be typed and conform to MLA style.
Other Policies:

Plagiarism, the use of other writers' words or ideas without acknowledging the source, will result in a grade of F on the assignment--even if you commit it by accident. See the current edition of The Student Guide, available from the office of Student Life, for more serious consequences that may result from cheating.
Language that demeans others on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual preference will not be tolerated in this class. In other words, we expect you treat everyone in this class with courtesy. Misconduct of any kind that interrupts the education process in this class will result in expulsion from class and possibly more serious consequences as described in the Student Guide.

Disability Accommodations – To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the PASS Office in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631 . Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations. The PASS Office refers some types of accommodation requests to the University Counseling Center which provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing contact Suzanne Rathbun, Director of the University Counseling Center, 432-552-2365, rathbun_s@utpb.edu .

Required Text:

Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti. Prentice Hall.
NOTE: films will be shown in Monday film lab as listed in the schedule of classes. Equipment is our 32-inch video screen with stereo surround sound. Attendance to all films is mandatory. Missing a film or leaving before a film ends will be counted as an absence.
Therefore you must register for the Monday film lab as well as the film class.
Most of the films shown in class can be checked out of our library and viewed on library video monitors on campus. Most can also be rented at Blockbuster Video. You'll want to make use of these services when you write papers and prepare for exams.
This course is an elective for English majors. Non-majors should consult their advisors concerning applicability of this class towards the English requirement in their discipline. This course cannot be used as part of the general requirement for visual and performing arts in any discipline.
COURSE CALENDAR (Schedule is tentative & is subject to change).

PART I: Silent Film & Early Sound Era: Film Before WWII

M Jan. 10 Intro. to course

W Jan. 12 Read Ch. 1 Introduction in Giannetti

F Jan. 14 More discussion of Ch. 1
M Jan. 17 MLK Day—NO CLASS

W Jan. 19 Chapter 2 Mise en Scene in Giannetti

F Jan. 21 Chapter 3 Motion in Giannetti
M Jan. 24 Watch Charlie Chaplin’s film City Lights in class.

W Jan. 26 Discuss film

F Jan. 28 More discussion
M Jan. 31 Watch The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in class.

W Feb. 2 Discuss film.

F Feb. 4 Ch. 4 Editing in Giannetti
M Feb. 7 Watch Birth of a Nation in class.

W Feb. 9 Discuss film and review for exam

F Feb. 11 EXAM—to be written in class. Will feature identification questions and one essay

question asking you to describe mise en scene in a still photo from a film watched

in class.
M Feb. 14 Read Ch. 5 Sound before class. Watch Tarzan in class.

W Feb. 16 Discuss Ch. 5 and Tarzan

F Feb. 18 Catch up day
PART II: Film After WWII
M Feb. 21 Read Ch. 6 Acting watch Red River in class.

W Feb. 23 Discuss film and Ch. 6.

F Feb. 25 Discuss film and Ch. 7 Music
M Feb. 28 Read Ch. 8. Watch Rebel Without a Cause in class.

W Mar. 2 Discuss film and Ch. 8 Ideology.

F Mar. 4 Discuss film and Ch. 9 Feminism. DRAFT PAPER #1 DUE
M Mar. 7 Watch Hitchcock film in class.

W Mar. 9 Discuss film.

F Mar. 11 Discuss film and Ch. 10 International Film.
Mar. 14-18 Spring Break—NO CLASS

M Mar. 21 Watch The Manchurian Candidate in class.

W Mar. 23 Discuss film.

F Mar. 25 Ch. 11 Japanese Film PAPER #1 DUE (turn in paper with original draft with my

M Mar. 28 Watch film by Akira Kurosawa (Lab goes to 4pm this day)

W Mar. 30 Watch and Discuss film.

F Apr. 1 Discuss film and Ch. 12 on Ctizen Kane
M Apr. 4 Watch Citizen Kane in class.

W Apr. 6 Discuss film.

F Apr. 8 Discuss film and feminism handout. DRAFT PAPER #2
M Apr. 11 Watch Babette’s Feast in class.

W Apr. 13 Discuss film.

F Apr. 15 Discussion
M Apr. 18 Watch film in class—title to be announced.

W Apr. 20 Discuss film

F Apr. 22 Discuss film PAPER#2 DUE & orig. draft.
M Apr. 25 Watch film—title TBA

W Apr. 27 Discuss film

F Apr. 29 Review for final exam

FINAL EXAM-- An essay exam on all of the films we've studied this semester. Using terminology

from the Giannetti textbook, you will discuss technique and theme in the films

we've watched in class. Due date will be announced in class

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