Special Topics in Film: Close Screens, Distant Cultures (Transnational Television Spectatorship)
170 001 | CCN: 13733
Location: Dwinelle 188
Date and Time: TU, W, TH, 10:00 am - 12:29 pm
The wide availability of streaming, and transnational TV viewership constructs a viewing experience that crosses language and geographic borders. What looking relations do we bring to these television productions? Can we read current global TV viewership alongside theories of the tourist gaze, travel films, or even early 20th century cinema’s ethnographic impulse to bring the Other closer? Or does transnational television spectatorship require its own theoretical grounds that take into account the place of streaming, eras of non-travel (Covid) and its relationship to cross-cultural viewership. In this course, students will explore these questions as we watch and examine the relationship between media globalization and the evolution of transnational tv cultures.