Graduate Film Historiography
201 001 | CCN: 31018
Anton J Kaes
Location: Dwinelle 226
Date and Time: M 2:00pm - 4:59pm
The seminar will focus on the “historical turn” in film studies and build on the current interest in media archaeology. Approaching the history of cinema from our present perspective, we will consider the promises cinema once held and ask how the past imagined possible futures of the emerging medium. Using newly available archival sources, we will study the major transitions in film technology and aesthetics, from silent cinema to sound film, television, and the Internet. Above all, we will discuss foundational as well as recent texts about media archaeology, theories of the archive, and what it means to think historically.