TuTh 8:30-9:45 a.m., Candler Library 120
Instructor: Catherine Homan
Office Hours: Bowden 313, Tu 10-11:30 a.m., W 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Although relatively young, film has exploded into an incredibly rich, diverse, and at times, problematic field. The purpose of this course is to explore the philosophical questions surrounding film. The course will be organized into four different topics addressing the nature of film. We first ask what film is. Is it art? Is it different from photography or other media? Next we address issues of authorship and narration. Is there an inherent author of film? How is film narrated? Based on this we will explore in the third section the relationships among genre, emotion, and narration. How does film affect us? How does the genre employed affect the narration and reception? Lastly we will ask questions about the relation between film and society. Can film be a form of social criticism? What can we know from films? The course will include a variety of articles with film clips shown in class. Throughout the semester we will also be watching several films in their entirety. These mandatory screenings will occur outside of class time.
The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings, ed. Thomas E. Wartenberg and Angela Curran. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2005. ISBN 1405114428
Other texts will be posted on ReservesDirect.