Constantin M. Behler
Builds on the analytical and methodological skills gained in 300-level cinema studies courses. Focuses on specific topics which examine cinematic texts and institutions and their complex interrelationships within modern culture.
Summer 2011: This course explores the topic of cinematic adaptation in both a theoretical and practical fashion. We will analyze movie adaptations (in the broadest sense) in order to gain a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities of cinematic communication. This will enable us to begin to engage in the practice of adaptation ourselves.
Student learning goals
Learning Objectives: Students will learn how to analyze media representations and audience responses; gain media literacy by exploring complex forms of communication; and communicate effectively by creating meaningful media content. Indeed, it is centrally designed to further your ability to understand and value communication in its various forms, as well as to further your own ability to communicate successfully. Students will learn to employ a broad range of contemporary approaches to cultural analysis, will become familiar with the foundational methods of literary and film criticism, and are encouraged to explore the relevance of these critical tools to their own lives.
Grasp the principles of film adaptation.
Research the public reception of films.
Understand how diverse audiences respond to cinematic communication.
Appreciate the cultural importance of cinematic communication.
Analyze the rhetorical construction of films.
General method of instruction
Lectures and open discussion; small-group work, individual research.
Prior college-level film courses strongly recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Course Requirements: Students enrolled in the course are expected to be well prepared for the class meetings, i.e., to have completed the assignments on time and to have studied the assigned readings and films carefully, in order to participate actively in the class discussions (20%). In addition to the course readings and films you are asked to study, you will be working on two major assignments: the analysis of an adaptation and the beginning creation of an adaptation (40% each). These assignments will be worked on in stages and will result in two approx.10-page papers and two short presentations.