ENGL 616B (01) - Studies in Film/Authorship

Studies in Film/Indie Film

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 54878
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.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): AMST 605, ENGL 616
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm HS G35
Additional Course Details: 

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This course examines and analyzes the works of recent popular American indie filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi, Wes Anderson, Sean Baker, Noah Baumbach, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, the Coen Brothers, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, etc. Independent film, operating both from within and outside of Hollywood norms, allows for a broader and more creative range of narrative and cinematography. Attention will be given to its originality in screenplay and filmic style, as well as its use of unique locations and offbeat characters. We will also discuss the ambivalent role of indie film as a commercial product. To what extent do recent indie films accommodate Hollywood norms so as to secure wider audiences? We will further look at the ability of independent cinema to capture subcultural environments and their commodification for a mainstream audience. No prior requisites. Course requires use of Canvas.