ENGL468E - Selected Topics in Film Studies: Fantastic Voyages: Cinema and Exploration

This course will examine traditions that emerge when we consider cinema as a tool of exploration anddiscovery. One tradition consists of films made to document geographical discovery, such as the films made about various Antarctica expeditions of the 1910s, African safari films, and films in the service of anthropological and evolutionary research. In addition to narratives of geographical discovery, we will also examine cinema’s role in the service of other kinds of exploration, particularly the kinds of discovery made possible by technical extensions of the senses (e.g. the microscope, the telescope, etc.). We will read novels,short stories, travel accounts, and watch a host of films that either document or imagine the experience of travel and discovery. Titles include: Frankenstein; The Fantastic Voyage; X—The Man with the X-Ray Eyes; 2001; 90 Degrees South; 20,000 Leagues under the Sea; Voyage to the Center of the Earth; War of the Worlds; The Time Machine; The Powers of Ten.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: ENGL468, ENGL479E-Spr 2008, ENGL479F-Spr 2009, ENGL479G-Fall 2008, or ENGL479M-Fall 2009/Fall 2010.


One college-level English course in literature and at least one college-level film course; or permission of ARHU-English department. Recommended: ENGL329, CMLT280, and ENGL245.