C LIT 400
A selection of major theoretical statements in the history of literary theory and criticism, with texts drawn from such fields as literary studies, aesthetic theory, film studies, philosophy, and cultural studies.
As a senior undergraduate theory class, C Lit 400 provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in film theory. Readings will range from the formative work of early theorists like André Bazin’s influential writing on realist cinema, to more contemporary developments in the field. The course will be designed around a series of key concepts which, structure discussions of film, including film’s relationship to modernism and modernity, cinematic realism, the implications of cinematic voyeurism and the gaze, and the political ramifications of the culture industry.
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