A lecture with
Professor of English and Film and Media Studies
Chair of Film and Media Studies
Cinephilia and Everyday Life
Amherst College Campus
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
This lecture is simultaneously being recorded and broadcasted live as part of the Virtual Lecture Series.
Professor Hastie's talk will combine the central themes of two classes she regularly teaches at Amherst, "Cinephilia" and "Cinema and Everyday Life," and draw on examples from contemporary global cinema. One of the biggest challenges in teaching film as a medium and as a discipline to be studied is the sense of familiarity students already have with the form. One central disciplinary thrust is to defamiliarize ourselves from film in order to introduce "critical thinking." For students new to film studies, this approach often means, as famous film theorist Christian Metz once put it, of "no longer loving the cinema."
Professor Hastie will invite the audience to think through their love of film as a method of creative critical and theoretical practice. Doing so still requires a kind of defamiliarization with film, or at least an agreement to enter into an experience that may, indeed, be "new." Our encounter with film - through love or hate, joy or terror, thrill or boredom - allows us to think with film, not merely through or against it. In the best of cases, our love for film can become a kind of love for the world; that love does not delimit critical practice but, in fact, enables it.
Questions? Please contact Carly Nartowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (413) 542-5366.