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MACS 504 A - Theories of Cinema

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Seminar on influential theories and accompanying debates about the textual/extra-textual mechanisms and cultural/political impact of cinema and related screen media. Course Information: Same as CWL 504 and ENGL 504.

Special Instructions:

This course engages with, uses, and challenges various theoretical ideas and approaches to film. We will discuss the historical and cultural context in which particular film theories emerged, and we will reflect on the role of film theory in the development of film studies as a discipline. Additionally, we will look at how film studies has both taken up and influenced theoretical lines of thought such as ideologies of Marxism, semiotics, Soviet formalism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, feminism, critical race theory, sexuality studies, trans* theory, transnationalism, and critiques of neocolonialism. Please note: This section will have synchronous (live) sessions as indicated in the Course Explorer. Additionally, required weekly screenings (typically 1-1/2 to 2 hours, provided by the instructor) will be on your own time.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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