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Course Descriptions - Autumn 2020

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Autumn 2020


TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
* * - SLN: 12763
Instructor: Yomi Braester
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Cinema & Media Studies Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Introduction to authorship in the cinema. The work of a major director or directors.


MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
* * - SLN: 12764
Instructor: Jennifer M. Bean
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Cinema & Media Studies Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Introduction to study of film and/or television genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film and/or television genre.


WF 10:30am - 12:20pm
* * - SLN: 12765
Instructor: José Alaniz
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Cinema & Media Studies Major
GE Requirements Met: DIV, I&S, VLPA

An introduction to the study of visual texts such as film, television, comics, or digital media. Focus on the representation of cultural differences including, but not limited to, sexuality, gender, ability, and race. Topics vary.


to be arranged
* * - SLN: 12766
Instructor:
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Equivalency for 200-level CMS courses taken on UW Study Abroad programs or direct exchanges.


to be arranged
* * - SLN: 12767
Instructor: Sudhir Mahadevan
Department Requirements Met: Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Introduction to the analysis of film. Covers major aspects of cinematic form: mise en scene, framing and camera movement, editing, and sound and color. Considers how these elements are organized in traditional cinematic narrative and in alternative approaches.


TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
* * - SLN: 12769
Instructor: James Tweedie
Department Requirements Met: Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Covers the vast changes in filmmaking since 1960. Topics include the continuing influence of the French New Wave, the New German Cinema of the 70s and the "New Hollywood" of the 70s, American independent film of the 80s, and the resurgence of Chinese filmmaking since 1980.


TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
* * - SLN: 12770
Instructor: Sudhir Mahadevan
Department Requirements Met: Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

CMS 320: CINEMA AND NATION

This course has been timed to coincide with the  festival of films from South Asia organized by the Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals. The first module focuses on some of the latest films and filmmakers to emerge from South Asia, and introduces students to the genres and cinematic styles of these films: ranging from arthouse realism, to social reformism to ethnographic comedy and satire.

In subsequent modules, we examine other genres that have characterized Indian cinema since the 1990s, ranging from big budget Bollywood, to independent documentaries, to Shakespeare adaptations. The aim in these modules is to think with and through these films, to broader issues pertaining to everyday life in South Asia: from caste, to human rights, to aspirations of upward mobility amidst neoliberal reforms.

The final module (and the course as a who) proceed in reverse-chronological order, starting from the 1990s when India went through significant economic reform,  and ending with an iconic 1950s film made in a  newly independent Indian nation-state. In tracking changing styles in reverse, we hope to discover unexpected connections between past and present, and disrupt assumptions that newness necessarily equals progress.

Students should expect to be introduced to film vocabulary and will be required to engage in film analysis in their writing for this course. Assignments shall include a combination of required discussion posts, quizzes, and essays.

The course shall be taught as a  combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Whenever possible, I shall post lecture materials in advance and synchronous sessions will be of 45 to 50 minute duration, focusing on discussion and q&a. On occasion, I might prefer to lecture for the entire 110 minutes of the synchronous session. On such occasions, the lectures will be recorded and uploaded. Attendance in these synchronous sessions will not be compulsory.


TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
* * - SLN: 12771
Instructor: Claudio Mazzola
Department Requirements Met: Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.


MW 3:30pm - 5:20pm
* * - SLN: 23773
Instructor: Sasha Senderovich
Department Requirements Met: Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.


to be arranged
* * - SLN: 12772
Instructor:
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Equivalency for 300-level CMS courses taken on UW Study Abroad programs or direct exchanges.


TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
* * - SLN: 12774
Instructor: Gordana Crnkovic
Department Requirements Met: Cinema Studies Elective
GE Requirements Met: I&S, VLPA

Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.


T 9:30am - 12:50pm
CMU 202 - SLN: 12779
Instructor: Eric Ames
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major

Pedagogical approaches to cinema and media studies. Introduces teaching tools, technologies and modes of practice. Offered: AWSp.


Th 3:30pm - 6:50pm
SMI 102 - SLN: 23657
Instructor: Stephen Groening
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major

Inquiry into such areas as the sensory perception, cultural valuation, or close analysis of cinema and media. Formal, theoretical, and philosophical approaches. Content varies. Offered: AWSp.


T 11:30am - 1:20pm
* * - SLN: 12022
Instructor: Gordana Crnkovic
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.


MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
* * - SLN: 12027
Instructor: Guntis Smidchens
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: I&S, VLPA

Folkloristics combines the methods and ideas of Literature Studies and Anthropology. Folktales (fairy tales), legends, jokes, songs, proverbs, customs and other forms of traditional culture are studied together with the living people and communities who perform and adapt them. Students learn the folklorist's methods of fieldwork (participant observation), ethnography, comparative analysis, and interpretation. Offered: jointly with SCAND 230; AWSpS.


MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
* * - SLN: 12028
Instructor: Slaven Svetinovic
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: C, W

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.


TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
* * - SLN: 12029
Instructor: Barbara Krystal
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: C, W

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.


MF 11:30am - 12:50pm
W 11:30am - 12:20pm

* - SLN: 12035
Instructor: Ellwood Wiggins
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating themes such as love, sex, and murder, haunted houses, and dreams and memory. Selections drawn from European, English, and American literature, not limited to period and genre.


MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
* * - SLN: 12036
Instructor: Monika Kaup
Course Website
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.


to be arranged
* * - SLN: 12037
Instructor:
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major

Equivalency for 200-level C LIT courses taken on UW Study Abroad programs or direct exchanges.


MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
* * - SLN: 12039
Instructor: Cynthia Steele
Department Requirements Met: Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.


MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
* * - SLN: 12040
Instructor: Monika Kaup
Course Website
Department Requirements Met: Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.


MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
* * - SLN: 23120
Instructor: Lauro H. Flores
Department Requirements Met: Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.


MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
* * - SLN: 23121
Instructor: Lauro H. Flores
Department Requirements Met: Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.


WF 1:30pm - 3:20pm
* * - SLN: 12042
Instructor: José Alaniz
Department Requirements Met: Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Explores topics in literature and cultures of the modern world (approximately 1800-present) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.


TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
* * - SLN: 12043
Instructor: Henry J Staten
Department Requirements Met: Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Explores topics in literature and cultures of the modern world (approximately 1800-present) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.


TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
* * - SLN: 12044
Instructor: Ileana Marin
Department Requirements Met: Elective for both Literature and Cinema
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Focuses on specific theoretical problems. Examines the relationship between text and image in a variety of art forms including poetry, novels, paintings, photography, essays, comic strips, film, and advertisement. Readings, in English, from a wide variety of national literatures.


to be arranged
* * - SLN: 12045
Instructor:
Department Requirements Met: Pre-req to Declare Literature Major

Equivalency for 300-level C LIT courses taken on UW Study Abroad programs or direct exchanges.


MTWThF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
* * - SLN: 12048
Instructor: Olga Levaniouk
Department Requirements Met: Literature Elective
GE Requirements Met: VLPA

Ancient and medieval epic and heroic poetry of Europe in English: the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid; the Roland or a comparable work from the medieval oral tradition; pre-Greek forerunners, other Greco-Roman literary epics, and later medieval and Renaissance developments and adaptations of the genre. Choice of reading material varies according to instructor's preference. Offered: jointly with CLAS 424.


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