ENGL 616A (01) - Studies in Film/Genre

Studies in Film/Genre

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 55103
Advanced, focused study of the narrative, dramatic, and poetic practices of cinema, within one of four possible subject areas: A) Genre; B) Authorship; C) Culture and Ideology; D) Narrative and Style. Precise issues and methods may vary, ranging from general and specific considerations of how a given subject area involves film theory, criticism, and history, to its use in diverse analyses of selected national cinemas, periods, movements, and filmmakers. May be repeated for credit barring duplication of topic. Barring duplication of material taken for credit in CMN 650, course may be repeated for credit. Detailed course descriptions available in the English department office.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): AMST 605, ENGL 616
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm HS G35
Additional Course Details: 

This course will explore the important concept of genre in film, analyzing its various styles and conventions.  We will discuss genre both as a critical term and as a system of classification that defines and characterizes groups of related narrative and cinematic form. Strict genre films (Westerns, war films, comedy, melodrama, horror films, musicals, gangster films, sci-fi films, etc.) as well as sub-genre and crossover films that blend several genres will be discussed. Topics include genre criticism, audience expectations, spectatorship, the tension between genre and auteurism, and genre and its relation to popular culture.  Screened films will include mostly contemporary Hollywood but also independent films. Films include The Shining (Kubrick, 1980), The Blues Brothers (Landis,1980), Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (Ritchie, 1998), Chinatown (Polanski, 1974), The Big Lebowski (Coen Brothers, 1998), and Black Panther (2018). This course requires use of Canvas. No prerequisites.