Fall 2013

Hollywood Cinema

Listed in: English, as ENGL-375  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-356

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Kalisha R. Cornett (Section 01)


(Offered as FAMS 356 and ENGL 375.)  Film flourished in the U.S. as a popular form amidst the rise of modernity. Born of the industrialization and urbanization that defined the twentieth century, it was at once “high” and “low,” an autonomous art and popular cultural form. Given this historical and aesthetic basis, to claim it also as “classical” seems inherently contradictory. Using a variety of critical and theoretical texts, the primary objective of this course is to negotiate the many ambiguities of understanding “classical” cinema as an artistic practice that represents the experience of modernity. This course will develop an understanding of what traditionally has been called Classical Hollywood Cinema – the period from roughly 1930-1960 – through looking at canonical films (from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times to John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln to Hitchcock’s Rear Window) and readings in film and aesthetic studies. We will utilize small group discussion and writing assignments to help us to articulate the relationship between this coherent tradition of filmmaking and the complexities of modernist aesthetics.

Limited to 25 students. Class meeting twice weekly with mandatory film screenings once weekly. Fall semester. Five College Fellow Cornett.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to FAMS majors and seniors


2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013