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Tamara Cooper
C LIT 400
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Theory and Criticism

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.

Class description

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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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tamara Cooper
Date: 06/06/2012