SAC 601 - Seminar in Theories of Film or Electronic/Digital Media
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This seminar will focus on questions of cinematic ontology and medium specificity — questions that seem ever more crucial as cinema segues into an increasingly digital environment and as cinematic formats diversify and multiply. Is “cinema” defined by specific properties? Was it ever? What sets cinema apart from other mediums like photography, theater, and the like? We will study what has been written in answer to these questions during the past century and consider selected film examples made at times when cinematic ontology appeared to have been in flux (the emergence and institutionalization of cinema; the coming of synchronized sound; the adoption of widescreen formats, stereophonic sound, and — to a much lesser extent — 3-D). We will also ask how concepts of “intermediality” and “remediation” might further complicate longstanding theoretical debates about cinema’s defining properties and characteristics.

SAC 601 - Seminar in Theories of Film or Electronic/Digital Media
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001 (SEM)
7Graduate Standing
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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