Spring 2025

Coming to Terms: Cinema

Listed in: English, as ENGL-280  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-210


Joshua M. Guilford (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 280 and FAMS 210) An introduction to cinema studies through consideration of key critical terms, together with a selection of films from different cultural contexts for illustration and discussion. Special emphasis placed on prominent genres, movements, and tendencies within contemporary film culture, and the concepts that animate critical debates on contemporary cinema. The keywords for discussion may include, among others: montage, realism, ideology, the gaze, streaming, digitization, truth, and access. Screenings may include films from such genres as: fantasy, the essay film, suspense, ethnography, melodrama, animation, slow cinema, and the avant-garde. Two class meetings and one screening per week.

Limited to 35 students. Spring semester. Professor Guilford.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to declared FAMS majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, audio-visual analysis, independent film viewing, collaborative assignments

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023