This course will provide an introduction to some of the most important contributions to the discourse of film theory, and allow us to explore how writers and filmmakers from different countries and historical periods have attempted to make sense of the changing phenomenon known as "cinema." Topics under consideration will include: theories of spectatorship, the apparatus, editing, sound, realism, auteurism, race, gender and sexuality, stardom, genre, the culture industry, the nation, and new media. There will be no screenings for this course. No knowledge of film theory is presumed.
Course requirements: attendance at lecture and participation in section discussions; blackboard postings; 1 midterm; 1 10 page paper. This course is required for Cinema Studies majors.