Comm 3400, Film Theory

Fall  2005 MWF 1-1:50 ∙ LA 019

 

SCHEDULE

Please prepare all readings before class.  An alphabetized list of all the readings and instructions on how to access them can be found under "overview" on this web site. 

 

Week

Date

Readings

Work Due

1

Wed Aug 24

Introductions

Syllabus

 

 

Fri Aug 26

Denby, "Dirty Business"

 

2

Mon Aug 29

Stuart Hall, "Introduction"

 Movie screening The Truman Show. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 pm in LA 019

 

Wed Aug 31

Roberts and Wallis, "Bringing It All Together"

 

 

Fri Sep 2

Charles Taylor, "The Boy in the Celluloid Bubble"

Richard Alleva, "Two Kinds of Paranoia"

 

3

Mon Sep 5

Labor Day--no class

 

 

Wed Sep 7

Corrigan, Preface and Chapter 1, pp. ix-16

Movie review of The Truman Show

 

Fri Sep 9

Corrigan, Chapter 2, pp. 17-34

 

4

Mon Sep 12

Corrigan, Chapter 3, pp. 35-79

 

 

Wed Sep 14

Dinello, "We, Robots"

Movie screening Blade Runner

 

Fri Sep 16

Doll and Faller, "Blade Runner and Genre"

 

5

Mon Sep 19

Tiitsman, "If Only You Could See What I've Seen With Your Eyes"

Movie review of Blade Runner

 

Wed Sep 21

More discussion of Tiitsman and Doll & Faller

 

 

Fri Sep 23

Corrigan, Chapter 4, pp. 79-105

 

6

Mon Sep 26

Corrigan, Chapter 5, pp. 106-123

 

 

Wed Sep 28

Find a movie review of Fifth Element and bring it to class

Movie screening The Fifth Element

 

Fri Sep 30

Nigel Floyd, "Infinite City"

 

7

Mon Oct 3

Byron Hawk, "Hyperrhetoric and the Inventive Spectator: Remotivating The Fifth Element"

Movie review of The Fifth Element

 

Wed Oct 5

Instructor at conference--no class

 

 

Fri Oct 7

Instructor at conference--no class

 

8

Mon Oct 10

Corrigan, Chapter 7, pp. 154-170

 

 

Wed Oct 12

Visosevic, "Tremors of Postmodern Spectatorship"

Movie screening Lost Highway in LA 020

 

Fri Oct 14

Discussion of Lost Highway

Midterm paper: Critical Essay

9

Mon Oct 17

Steven Shaviro, "Intrusions"

Movie review of Lost Highway

 

Wed Oct 19

More discussion of Shaviro

 

 

Fri Oct 21

Fall Break--no class

 

10

Mon Oct 24

Wood, "Written on the Wind"

 

 

Wed Oct 26

Heller, "Pulp Fiction"

Movie screening Pulp Fiction

 

Fri Oct 28

no class!

 

11

Mon Oct 31

Davis, "Shepherding the Weak"

Movie review of Pulp Fiction 

 

Wed Nov 2

More discussion of Davis

 

 

Fri Nov 4

hooks, "Cool Cynicism"

Guest Speaker

 

12

Mon Nov 7

Corrigan, Chapter 6, pp. 124-153

 

 

Wed Nov 9

Discussion of research

Movie screening The Silence of the Lambs

 

Fri Nov 11

Vorndam, "The Silence of the Lambs"

 

13

Mon Nov 14

Fahy "Killer Culture"

 Movie review of The Silence of the Lambs

 

Wed Nov 16

More discussion of Fahy

 

 

Fri Nov 18

Grixti, "Consuming Cannibals"

 

14

Mon Nov 21

More discussion of Grixti

 

 

Wed Nov 23

Thanksgiving Holiday--no class

 

 

 

Fri Nov 25

Thanksgiving Holiday--no class

 

15

Mon Nov 28

Hill, "Film and Postmodernism"

 

 

Wed Nov 30

More discussion of Hill

Movie screening Run Lola Run

 

 

Fri Dec 2

Majer O'Sickey, "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets"

 

16

Mon Dec 5

More discussion of Sickey

Movie review of Run Lola Run

 

Wed Dec 7

Peer review of final paper

 

 

Fri Dec 9

Study DayŚNo class

 

Finals Week

Final Exam TBA 

 

Final exam in the classroom

Final draft of final paper (Theoretical Essay) due in class