Spring 2015

Film Historiography in Theory and Practice

Listed in: English, as ENGL-480  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-480


Nathaniel W. Brennan (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 480 and FAMS 480.)  This seminar will introduce students to the methodologies of film history, covering recent questions in the field of cinema studies as well as more general work on historical and archival practice.  We will explore concepts such as historical spectatorship and reception, the intellectual history of film theory, production and studio history, the history of narrative and form, and national and transnational film history.  Students will also be introduced to the practical matters of historical research such as utilizing special collections (public and private) and handling and assessing archival material.  The course will be research intensive; in addition to the assigned readings and discussion in class, students will undertake one major research project and present their findings over the course of the semester.  Two class meetings and one screening per week.

Open to juniors and seniors.  Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Brennan.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to junior and senior majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015