SAC 331 - Film Genres and Types
Section: 001 Apocalyptic Film and Television
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
FILMVID 236 or SAC 236.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Many films and television programs have dramatized end-of-the-world scenarios. This class will examine this collection of texts as a hypothetical “genre” that cuts across both media as well as other genres. How have the mass media represented the end of the world? What have cinema and television told us about global destruction? What is the relationship between the end of the world and the death of the individual? How and why do we artfully represent something that, if it ever came true, would have no audience? What is the nature of the “sacrifice” seen in these texts, and how could it have been otherwise? We will find that there has been a wide variety ways that films and television programs treat the end of the world, and that these variations “reveal” much about the social and cultural world in which they were produced and circulated. We will also explore the conditions and possibilities for film and television genres more generally. Are genres, like this one, historically generated and responsive, and if so, how? What are the characteristics and conventions of the genre, how have they changed over time, and what have these variations indicated about the world and cultural sensibilities? One premise of this genre, perhaps, is that we can learn much about our world through projecting its end. This class will survey a range of these revelatory texts, including Hollywood feature films, “experimental” non-commercial films, made-for-TV movies, television mini-series, and documentaries made for both theaters and television.

SAC 331 - Film Genres and Types
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with ENG 331
002 (LAB)
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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