ENGL468C - Selected Topics in Film Studies: Animation
Across its many forms, animation often has been considered a subset of film and television, rather than their parent. Yet the basic principle of creating motion through serial images underlies more than a century of moving-image art, advertising, storytelling, and scientific visualization, constituting a rich is under examined history. Now, as digital technologies colonize nearly every mode of media, animation has become even more pervasive, encompassing everything from the branded displays of Times Square to the icons on our cell phones and our on-line avatars. Developing a critical sensibility to, and informed vocabulary about, animation is increasingly vital to being a knowledgable media citizen. This course surveys and investigates the history and evolution of animation, both as a medium "in itself" and as a set of practices and aesthetics that circulate throughout different media, technologies, and cultural settings. Some of what we will watch and discuss will follow the conventions of classical narrative (i.e., causally structured plots with psychologically motivated protagonists), but we will also roam outside this framework to consider animation in abstract, experimental, nonfictional, and interactive contexts.
One college-level English course in literature and at least one college-level film course, or permission of department