Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2016

  • The Craft of Writing: “Didn’t we do this yesterday?”: The loop in moving image culture

    R1B - 004 | CCN: 31628

    Alina Predescu and Kaitlin Forcier

    4 Units

    This course fulfills the second part of the Reading and Composition requirement, with an emphasis on research. Students will generate research topics, locate and evaluate sources, and write analytical, argumentative papers in which they will integrate and cite the sources brought in support of their original claims. Students will base their writings on close readings of filmic texts.

    This course will look over possible meanings and implications of the use of the loop as a formal device in moving image culture – from its role in redefining narrative, to its performative appropriation toward an aesthetic that destabilizes established media practices. This exploration will touch on loop’s application in, and through, repetition, reenactment, rhythm, and representations of memory, as addressed in key filmic texts – such as La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962), Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1951), Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993), and Source Code (Duncan Jones, 2011), as well as in works of nonfiction (documentary and experimental film), television, and other types of moving images from the Zoetrope and the animated GIF.