Spring 2010

Topics in Film Study:  Cinema and Everyday Life

Listed in: English, as ENGL-84


Amelie E. Hastie (Section 02)


The topic changes each time the course is taught.  In spring 2011 the topic will be “Cinema and Everyday Life.”  Film theorist Siegfried Kracauer declared that some of the first films showed “life at its least controllable and most unconscious moments, a jumble of transient, forever dissolving patterns accessible only to the camera.”  This course will explore the ways contemporary narrative films aesthetically represent everyday life–capturing both its transience and our everyday ruminations.  We will further consider the ways we incorporate film into our everyday lives through various modes of viewings (the arthouse, the multiplex, the DVD, the mp3), our means of perception, and in the kinds of souvenirs we keep.  We will look at films by Chantal Akerman, Robert Altman, Marleen Gorris, Hirokazu Koreeda, Marzieh Makhmalbaf, Terrence Malick, Lynne Ramsay, Tsai Ming-liang, Agnès Varda, Wong Kar-wai, and Andy Warhol.  Readings will include work by Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Marlene Dietrich, Sigmund Freud, and various works in film and media studies.  Two class meetings and one screening per week.

Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 30 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Hastie.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English majors.


2018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2013, Fall 20152018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010