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Cinema and Photography

ENGL 392.401
R 1:30-4:30
fulfills requirements:
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

This course will focus on the complex relationship between film and photography. As we consider these two hybrid media in relation to each other, we will focus on questions of temporality, indexicality, truth, narrative, memory, movement and history. As we read histories and theories of the two media from the 19th century through to the present day, and examine specific still images and films, we will pay particular attention to the question of why and when filmmakers choose to allow the stasis of the photograph to disrupt cinema's illusion of movement. Weekly film screenings will include works by Chris Marker, Michelangelo Antonioni, Michael Snow, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Dariusz Jablonski and Rebecca Baron. Requirements: attendance at screenings, student presentations, class participation, and periodic short writing assignments in preparation for a final research paper.