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CTCS 393THE AMERICAN THEATRICAL FILM: POSTWAR HOLLYWOOD (1946-1962)FALL 2013Tuesdays6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Norris TheaterInstructor: Dr. Drew CasperThe Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Professor of American FilmCourse Description: An analysis of fifteen film texts from Postwar Hollywood (1946-1962), to derive the significant genres and styles as an index of American history and culture.Course Methodology: The course considers a film text as a product of three formal influences:a.extra-cinematic influences (major historical events, economic situation in America, other leisure activities, societal issues) and cinematic influences (business practices,film technology, censorship).b.generic patterns which invoke, experiment with, suppress and displace, or subvert history and cultural phenomena.c.the individual artists (usually director, writer and actor/star) who have expressed their style (themes and techniques) within the respective genre.As such, the course is a combination of materialist, historical, neoformalist, and auteurist concerns.Office Hours for Dr. Casper:Tuesdays, 1:00-1:45pm; Wednesdays, 12:00-1:45pmSCA 320 – (213) 740-3334(Sign up for an appointment in advance at the Critical Studies office)Lead Teaching Assistant:Marika Piday-Warrenemail: [email protected]Teaching Assistants: Sara Bakermanemail: [email protected]CTCS 393 – The American Theatrical Film (1946-1962) – Fall 2013 – p. 2
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Course Requirements:- First Paper: October 22- Midterm Exam: October 22- Second Paper: December 3- Final Exam: December 17 - Discussion SectionFollowing each screening, mandatoryRequired Readings: Copies of each of these books will be on reserve at the circulation desk on the ground level of Leavey Library. All books are also available for purchase at the bookstore.- Casper, Drew. Postwar Hollywood: 1946-1962. Boston: Blackwell, 2007-Inge, William. Picnic: A Summer Romance. Dramatists Play Service, 1998Academic integrity: Be sure to read the attached sheet outlining “Academic Integrity Violations” (page 3 of this syllabus).PLAGIARISM IN ANY FORM WILL BE REPORTED TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT CONDUCT (see your SCampus), WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE, AND COULD LEAD TO DISMISSAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY. If you have any questions or doubts about how to properly cite a source, see your TA or drop by the Writing Center (Taper Hall 310).Grade Breakdown:- First Paper: 20% - Midterm Exam: 25%- Second Paper: 20%- Final Exam: 25% - Discussion: 10%MISSING THE MIDTERM (excusable with a doctor’s certification of illness or documented family emergency only) WILL RESULT IN A COMPREHENSIVE THREE HOUR FINAL EXAM. ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSION SECTIONS, FOLLOWING EACH SCREENING, ARE REQUIRED AND COMPRISE 10% OF THE FINAL GRADE. SIX UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC “F” IN THE COURSE.