Winter and Summer Courses

Summer 2020

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Session 1 (June 1 – July 10)

Science Fiction Cinema: Masterworks

Instructor: Jason Kuo
Credits: 3
Study of the masterworks of science fiction cinema. Themes and representative works may include, but will not be limited to, space fantasy (Star Wars), futuristic world ( Blade Runner, The Matrix), alien intrusion (The Thing, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers), time travel (Back to the Future series), disasters (Twelve Monkeys, Armageddon), biological science and mutations (Frankenstein, Jurassic Park).

Session 1A (June 1 – June 19)

Sports in Film

Instructor: Daniel Richter
Credits: 3
This course looks at the place of film in helping to explain the historical significance of athletes in American society and across the globe. The films under study will look at sports films as contributing to the construction of national identities, race relations, memorialization, and social criticism.

Session 1B (June 22 – July 10)

The Cinema of the Coen Brothers

Instructor: Luka Arsenjuk
Credits: 3
Study of the style, film technique, recurrent thematic motifs, and the underlying worldview of the cinema of Joel and Ethan Coen. The course offers an overview of their output, starting with Blood Simple and concluding with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, gives the students a chance to understand the work of the Coen brothers critically within the context of U.S. culture from the 1980s to the present.

Session 2 (July 13 – August 21)

Forbidden Films: Global Perspectives on Cinema Censorship

Instructor: Jason Kuo
Credits: 3
Consideration of some of the most important cases of film censorship in the history of cinema. Discussion of the relationship between culture and politics, morality and ideology. Viewing may include films from the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain, Italy, Canada, China, India, Japan, Germany, and France.

Session 2C (July 13 – July 31)

Film Comedy

Instructor: Luka Arsenjuk
Credits: 3
Focusing mostly on Hollywood comedy, the course will investigate some of the crucial comedic genres (slapstick, screwball comedy, romantic comedy, the musical, etc.) from the 1920s to the present.

Session 2D (August 3 - August 21)

Disney Without Disney: The Afterlives of Children's Media Icons

Instructor: Paul Cote
Credits: 3
Children learn from a very early age to associate well-loved fictional characters with individual author-figures, and names like Jim Henson and Walt Disney become inextricably linked with iconic characters like Kermit the Frog and Mickey Mouse. What happens, however, when those characters continue to appear in new stories after their creators die? How does the absence of that signature author figure impact the audience’s relationship with those characters and new works bearing the departed author's name? This class will explore these questions by focussing on key instances in which heirs, estates, corporations, fans, or other stakeholders attempt to attempt to posthumously turn two key media figures - Walt Disney and Jim Henson - into brands designed to outlive their artists.