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390-001 Film & Literary Studies: Archival Texts: Surveillance, Voyeurism, and Memory

390-001 Film & Literary Studies: Archival Texts: Surveillance, Voyeurism, and Memory

Instructor: Adam Ochonicky

Description:

Both film and literature are cultural forms that display a preoccupation with knowing, seeing, and recording the lives of others. The seemingly simple act of looking, though, is a powerful and complicated gesture. This course uses film texts and works of theory and criticism to investigate the complexities of surveillance, voyeurism, and memory. Among other concerns, students will consider how course materials reveal the power relations inherent in surveillance, reflect the gender dynamics of looking (particularly in terms of the male gaze), and open up questions relating to the mediation of individual and cultural memory. The early weeks of the semester will include a brief review of film terminology, and students will draw upon methods of literary analysis – such as close reading – while working to understand what makes films artful as textual objects. Overall, students will develop critical reading and viewing practices by performing close textual analysis of critical theory and selected films.

 

Film texts may include: Rear WindowBlowupThe ConversationPeeping TomMCapturing the FriedmansThe Act of KillingThe Headless Woman, and Caché

 

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