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HUMA 1301.005: Thrills, Chills, and Some Spills Spring 2014 Tu-Th 11:30-12:45 JO 4.102 Professor Kenneth Brewer Professor Contact Information Kenneth Brewer Office Phone: 972-883-3565 Email: [email protected] Office: JO 5.704 Office Hours: M 5:45-6:45; Tu-Th 10:30-11:15, and by appointment Teaching Assistant Larkin Hiott [email protected] Course Description This course focuses on two genres of film: horror and thrillers (for the sake of brevity, “scary movies”). We will discuss the distinction between these two genres through an examination of films such as The Silence of the Lambs . We will examine what kinds of pleasures these films offer to viewers, and why we find these films scary/thrilling even when we know that they are “not real.” We will draw on philosophy, film history, film theory, and psychological/sociological research in order to understand how these films work and how they work on us as viewers. Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives In this course, students will: examine and analyze a variety of works from the humanities, and apply considered analysis and respond to works in the humanities as examples of human expression and aesthetic and philosophical principles. By the end of this course, students should demonstrate: an ability to analyze and critically evaluate a variety of works from the humanities works in the context of culture, society, and values; an ability to compare and contrast the works with each other; and an understanding of the relationship between the structure of the works under analysis and their meaning; an ability to analyze the genres of horror and thrillers using the techniques of various humanistic disciplines. Required Textbooks and Materials Rick Worland, The Horror Film: An Introduction Noël Carroll, The Philosophy of Horror
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We will also be reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
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