Film and Media Cultures
20 | CCN: 31874
This course introduces students to ways of thinking about “film” and “media” – including print media, photography, television, video, and digital media – as cultural objects that not only carry meaning, but that help create the world in which we live. Students will learn how to approach media texts from a variety of critical frameworks, posing questions of medium specificity, the construction of space and time, the production of spectators and publics, and the creation of ideological effects. The course is organized chronologically around major works of 20th century media and cultural theory, including Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Michael Omi & Howard Wynant, Stuart Hall, and Judith Butler. Films will include Gold Diggers of 1933, Color Adjustment, Paris is Burning, Blonde Venus, and Modern Times.