ENGL468F - Selected Topics in Film Studies: The Americas in Film

“The Americas in Film:” an examination of the concept of “American” cinema through critical analysis of selected  feature-length films. Topics such as genre (the Western, the musical), the symbol of the American Indian, cultural expression of family and race, transnational border crossing, masculinity and violence, law-and-order are explored from a comparative perspective in lectures and discussion. Students will become critical film viewers. In several short papers, the student will focus on the specificity of film as a medium analyzing basic techniques such as lighting, editing, camera, etc. In a longer paper or visual artifact, students analyze how filmic materials are organized into systems which reflect themes of production, audience, cultural contexts, and narrative properties.

Also offered as: CMLT498F. 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.