UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

GRADUATE FILM & VIDEO COURSE GUIDE

SPRING 2011

(updated 11/04/10)

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UMASS Graduate Film Studies Certificate Course Requirements:

  1. one course in film theory
  2. a minimum of two courses taken outside the student’s degree-granting department and college
  3. a minimum of two courses with an international or intercultural focus

* Category notations are specified at the end of each course description.
    N.B.  See the complete list of Graduate Film Studies Certificate requirements.

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COMM 693D:  SEMINAR-INTRODUCTION TO FILM THEORY
Anne Ciecko              Office: 306 Machmer                                             Cap. 15
01-SEM (11483)            Tu 4:00-6:55                     South College rm 108
This course offers an introductory overview of major approaches to the study of film, including formalism and realism (which together constitute "classical" film theory) and theoretical and critical methods informed by structuralism, semiology, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, political theory, and contemporary cultural studies. Auteurism, feminism/ gender studies and queer theory, genre studies, alternative aesthetics (including concepts of "third cinema"), historical spectator/audience/ reception, star and performance studies, apparatus theory (film, video, and "new media"), and postcolonial theory (issues of racial/ethnic and national identities, as well as globalization) are likely to be considered. The format and content of the seminar will be discussion-intensive, interdisciplinary, and multi-perspectival, and will feature instructor-facilitated class dialogue and some guest presentations by film scholars and filmmakers. Film clips and shorts (and occasionally, longer narratives, documentaries, and experimental works) will be shown in class, but students will also be responsible for watching a number of films outside class.  Writing assignments will provide students with opportunities to further engage with and respond to course readings and related materials, and enable them tobegin (and present to the class) exploratory work on projects tailored to individual interests/goals. Prior study of film is not required. This course is a requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Film Studies.   (Course capacity is 15.)
Course Eligibility*:  Doctoral and Masters graduate students, all majors, no prerequisites.
UMass Graduate Certificate course:  film theory
Dept/College:  Communication / Social & Behavioral Sciences

COMM 793M Seminar -- HOLLYWOOD INDUSTRY AND STYLE
Shawn Shimpach                                                                    Cap:15
01SEM(17490)           W 3:35pm -6:25pm                        South College room 108
Given its influence and near-ubiquity, it is important to know about Hollywood.  In this seminar will understand "Hollywood" not as a geographic place and not even as an actually existing object or social practice, but as a conceptual construct that does the work of drawing and illustrating connections between diverse ways of knowing and doing over the history of motion pictures.  We will examine the history of institutional formations, the variety of production and circulation practices, and the types of entertainment associated with Hollywood from its beginnings to the current day.  We will also consider the audiences and texts Hollywood has produced, examining the ways that particular forms, styles, genres, narratives, and ideologies have been associated with the Hollywood formation.
Course Eligibility*:  Doctoral and Masters graduate students, all majors, no prerequisites.
UMass Graduate Certificate course
Dept/College:  Communication / Social & Behavioral Sciences

SPAN 697SP  ST-  FROM PAPER TO CELLULOID: SPANISH FILM ADAPTATIONS
Barbara Zecchi                                                                        Cap: TBA
01-LEC(17976)                MoWe 4:00-6:00                     Room:TBA
This class will study Spanish literary works and their cinematic adaptations. It will address the fundamental differences between written words and visual image, measure the fidelity of the recreation and reflect upon the implications of ideology and gender for reinterpretation. Movies include the two versions of María Lejárraja's Canción de cuna, Juan de Orduña's and Josefina Molina's recreations of Machado's La Lola se va a los puertos, and Garci's adaptation of Galdós's El abuelo, among others. Taught in Spanish.
Course Eligibility*:  Doctoral and Masters graduate students, all majors, no prerequisites.
UMass Graduate Certificate course
Dept/College:  Spanish / Humanities & Fine Arts