C392 Horror Film C392 : The Horror Film T, Th 10:30-12:30, Nursing School 103 Instructor: Dr. Janani Subramanian Office hours: Th 1-2:30 PM, Cavanaugh 5 th floor Contact Information Email: (allow 48 hours for response): [email protected] Class Description and Objective This course examines the history and development of film horror, focusing on the ways the genre responds to and is shaped by historical, national and cultural contexts. We will attempt to answer the questions: what are we afraid of? Why do particular images, characters and narratives generate fear? Why do we enjoy that fear? Toward this end, we will take up several distinct theories of how the genre is constructed, defined, and used by producers and viewers. Horror has been a watershed topic for scholars interested in film, and this course gives us the chance to critically engage with important arguments and methodologies in contemporary film studies. The genre has been equally inspiring for filmmakers interested in playing with form to elicit audience reaction. So, we will also be concerned with the aesthetics of horror: how film technique has been developed to terrify viewers. Course objectives include: analyzing how historical contexts can affect media texts in aesthetic, ideological, political and industrial ways; evaluating media texts in a way that combines formal analysis of narrative, style, and genre with the theoretical insights of scholars and critics; continuing to develop critical reading and writing skills, particularly through the construction and application of arguments to media texts, research in the fields of film and television studies, and weekly analysis of scholarly readings. Requirements and Grade Break-down Your grade will be based out of 500 points. For example, if you earn 450 points, your grade will be 450/500 x 100 = 90%. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER WILL RESULT IN AN F FOR THE CLASS. I. Attendance and Participation (100) Participation: Your participation is essential every week . I will allow two absences (EXCUSED and UNEXCUSED), and after that your final grade will drop 10 points for each missed class. The way I record attendance will vary each week; this includes the time (beginning, middle, or the end of class) and/or the method (sign in sheet or going through the roster). It is your responsibility to make sure you are marked present. Please note: if I find that students are not completing the reading (and participating), I will increase the number of quizzes! II. Leading class discussion (50): Each week, a few students will be in charge of leading class discussion based on the readings and screenings. Your responsibilities will be to present the main ideas of the readings and relate them to the previous class sessions’ screenings. You are welcome to use Powerpoint, clips or handouts to illustrate your points. Remember, this is less
C392 Horror of a formal presentation and more of a chance to ask questions and raise discussion points with your classmates.
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