Overview


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, ...

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Teaching Film

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Overview


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-scene. 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: 9781603291330
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 7/27/2012
  • Series: Options for Teaching , #35
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 413
  • File size: 5 MB

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

Introduction: "Memories of Underdevelopment"

Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro

Part I: Theory and Representation

Introduction

Teaching Film Auteurs

Timothy Corrigan

Teaching Film Theory

Edward Branigan

Teaching Feminist Film Theory; or, Women and Film

Maureen Turim

Teaching African American Film: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics

Paula J. Massood

Teaching Queer Cinema with Independent Media

Patricia White

Teaching Film and Disability Studies

Raphael Raphael

Part II: Geographies of Cinema

Introduction

Teaching Indian Cinema

Neepa Majumdar

Teaching Latin American and Caribbean Cinema

Cristina Venegas

Teaching Accented Cinema as a Global Cinema

Hamid Naficy

Reconsidering New German Cinema

Eric Rentschler

Teaching the Ends of Eastern European Cinema

Zoran Samardzija

Teaching Japanese Cinema

David Desser

Teaching World Cinema

Dudley Andrew

Part III: Interdisciplinarities

Introduction

Literature and Film--Not Literature on Film

Garrett Stewart

Teaching Cinema across Languages

Nataša Ďurovičová

Teaching Film and Trauma

Adam Lowenstein

Teaching Film Historiography

Mark Lynn Anderson

Teaching Film Law and Policy

Peter Decherney

Part IV: Genre and Mode

Introduction

Teaching Film Genre(s)

Steven Cohan

Teaching Futurist Dystopian Cinema

E. Ann Kaplan

Teaching the Documentary Film

Michael Renov

Teaching Animation

Mark Langer

Teaching the Avant-Garde Film

Scott Nygren

Part V: Style and Craft

Introduction

Teaching Film Music

Caryl Flinn

Teaching Film Sound

James F. Lastra

Teaching Film and Mise-en-Scène

Anne Rutherford

Teaching Film through Stardom

Adam Knee

Teaching Film Studies in a Production Context

Frank P. Tomasulo

Teaching Screenwriting as Criticism

Tasha Oren

Part VI: Film and Media in the Digital Age

Introduction

Teaching Media Specificity in an Age of Convergence

Anne Friedberg

Teaching Film in the Age of Digital Transformation

Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Teaching with DVD Add-Ons

Pat Brereton

Teaching US Television in an Era of Convergence

Tara McPherson

Teaching Film and the Internet

Michael Aronson

Notes on Contributors

Index

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