Teaching Film


Film studies has been a part of higher education curricula in the United States almost since the development of the medium. Although the study of film is dispersed across a range of academic departments, programs, and scholarly organizations, film studies has come to be recognized as a field in its own right. In an era when teaching and scholarship are increasingly interdisciplinary, film studies continues to expand and thrive, attracting new scholars and fresh ideas, direction,...

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Film studies has been a part of higher education curricula in the United States almost since the development of the medium. Although the study of film is dispersed across a range of academic departments, programs, and scholarly organizations, film studies has come to be recognized as a field in its own right. In an era when teaching and scholarship are increasingly interdisciplinary, film studies continues to expand and thrive, attracting new scholars and fresh ideas, direction, and research.

Given the dynamism of the field, experienced and beginning instructors alike need resources for bringing the study of film into the classroom. This volume will help instructors conceptualize contemporary film studies in pedagogical terms. The first part of the volume features essays on theory and on representation, including gender, race, and sexuality. Contributors then examine the geographies of cinema and offer practical suggestions for structuring courses on national, regional, and transnational film. Several essays focus on interdisciplinary approaches, while others describe courses designed around genre (film noir, the musical), mode (animation, documentary, avant-garde film), or the formal elements of film, such as sound, music, and mise-en-scène. The volume closes with a section on film and media in the digital age, in which contributors discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by access to resources, media convergence, and technological developments in the field.

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"An invaluable resource not only for those new to teaching film but for those of us who have been working in the discipline for a long time and have grappled with many of the same issues addressed here." —Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame

"[O]f great interest to anyone working in a field of education which deals with cinema either directly or indirectly. . . . [P]rovides some essential advice in preparing for classes that involve an audio-visual aspect. . . .Full marks to the editors for being so practical in their advice. . . . [Turim's essay] emerges as a concise and invaluable literature review for those who teach film in a feminist context. . . . [O]ne of the strengths of the book [is] that many of its writers constantly discuss resources and access to the films themselves. . . . [T]he editors have declared a philosophy of teaching that resonates through this worthwhile project." —Alexis Bennet, Music, Sound, and the Moving Image

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603291156
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Series: Options for Teaching, #35
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Fischer is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Jacques Tati; Shot/Countershot: Film Tradition and Women's Cinema; Imitation of Life; Cinematernity: Film, Motherhood, Genre; Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans; Designing Women: Art Deco, Cinema, and the Female Form; and American Cinema of the 1920s: Themes and Variations. With Marcia Landy, she is the editor of Stars: The Film Reader.

Patrice Petro is professor of English and film studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the author of Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History and Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany and the editor of several books, including Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s; Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the War on Terror; and Global Currents: Media and Technology Now.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: "Memories of Underdevelopment" Lucy Fischer Patrice Petro 1

Part I Theory and Representation

Introduction 15

Teaching Film Auteurs Timothy Corrigan 19

Teaching Film Theory Edward Branigan 26

Teaching Feminist Film Theory; or, Women and Film Maureen Turim 40

Teaching African American Film: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics Paula J. Massood 51

Teaching Queer Cinema with Independent Media Patricia White 63

Teaching Film and Disability Studies Raphael Raphael 74

Part II Geographies of Cinema

Introduction 89

Teaching Indian Cinema Neepa Majumdar 92

Teaching Latin American and Caribbean Cinema Cristina Venegas 101

Teaching Accented Cinema as a Global Cinema Hamid Naficy 112

Reconsidering New German Cinema Eric Rentschler 119

Teaching the Ends of Eastern European Cinema Zoran Samardzija 126

Teaching Japanese Cinema David Desser 134

Teaching World Cinema Dudley Andrew 145

Part III Interdisciplinarities

Introduction 161

Literature and Film-Not Literature on Flim Garrett Stewart 164

Teaching Cinema across Languages Nataša Durovicová 177

Teaching Film and Trauma Adam Lowenstein 187

Teaching Film Historiography Mark Lynn Anderson 197

Teaching Film Law and Policy Peter Decherney 209

Part IV Genre and Mode

Introduction 221

Teaching Film Genre(s) Steven Cohan 224

Teaching Futurist Dystopian Cinema E. Ann Kaplan 233

Teaching the Documentary Film Michael Renov 242

Teaching Animation Mark Langer 253

Teaching the Avant-Garde Film Scott Nygren 261

Part V Style and Craft

Introduction 275

Teaching Film Music Caryl Flinn 278

Teaching Film Sound James F. Lastra 288

Teaching Film and Mise-en-Scène Anne Rutherford 299

Teaching Film through Stardom Adam Knee 311

Teaching Film Studies in a Production Context Frank P. Tomasulo 323

Teaching Screenwriting as Criticism Tasha Oren 337

Part VI Film and Media in the Digital Age

Introduction 347

Teaching Media Specificity in an Age of Convergence Anne Friedberg 349

Teaching Film in the Age of Digital Transformation Wheeler Winston Dixon Gwendolyn Audrey Foster 357

Teaching with DVD Add-Ons Pat Brereton 364

Teaching US Television in an Era of Convergence Tara McPherson 376

Teaching Film and the Internet Michael Aronson 384

Notes on Contributors 397

Index 403

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