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LITERATURE

LIT-646
Advanced Studies in Film (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include film and literature, national cinema, film genres, major filmmakers, and independent filmmakers, with emphasis on research. Meets with LIT-446. Usually offered every year.

LIT-646
002
LITERATURE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Studies in Film (3)

Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Using methods that both embrace and critique the study of national cinemas, this course provides a survey of cinema from across the Latin American region. After a brief discussion of general film terminology and ideas, the course explores a quick history of cinema from Spanish and Portuguese America (including the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema) and the New Latin American Cinema before concentrating on the changing tropes of contemporary cinema from the region, including screenings as part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival. Course taught entirely in Spanish. Meets with LIT-446 002 and SPAN-456/656 001.

LIT-646
001
LITERATURE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Studies in Film (3)

Apocalyptic Cinema

This course traces the fascination with end of the world narratives, as it is expressed in the disaster film genre but also in science fiction and other cinematic and literary traditions. Film use spectacular visual and narrative effects to present the premise of total annihilation, but in the process they also interrogate concepts of danger and heroism, community, nationalism, and globalization. The course focuses on the relationship between science fiction literature and film, the cultural impact of the disaster genre in the 20th and 21st centuries, and major directors and works in this mode. Meets with LIT-446 001.