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Components of the 201 Course Fall 2010

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Components of the 201 Course: Film and Video *** All Course Assignments are to be Posted on the Digital Drop Box on Sakai*** Initial Shared Readings At the start of the semester, you will read works that are of direct relevance to the topic of the course. Ideally, some of the readings are of a theoretical nature, and about three of the readings are short case studies. In this way, when you come to work on your Analytical Essay, you will be setting up a microcosm of the way you will precede with your research. In the Analytical Essay you will be asked to use the different theories to analyze the case studies. Then, as you start to identify and research into your own topic of interest, you can carry the theories forward, as a means by which to analyze your own case study. Remember that you should not just use theories to analyse their cases, but you should also use your cases to test the integrity of the theories, so that the theories and the case studies exist in a dynamic equilibrium, the one influencing the other. This can perhaps best be shown visually by this Escher print, "Drawing Hands" (1948), of each hand (in our case, the one representing theory and the other the case study) drawing each other. This can be seen by clicking on the following link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawing_Hands Analytic Essay Reading: Carroll: "Film, Emotion, Genre" Balazs: "Theory of Film" And ONE of the following: Rafferty: "Everybody Gets a Cut" Russell: “The Philosophical Limits of Film" Hunt: “Motion Pictures as a Philosophical Resource”   Both Carroll and Balazs are concerned with providing their readers with an analytical framework for understanding how films can produce such wide spread, effective responses from an audience. Although both authors claim that films can be responsible for prompting a response from viewers, they differ radically on just what is responsible for sparking that response. Selecting one of the case study readings to use along with Carroll and Balazs, explore the question, “how can we reasonably explain how films
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affect the viewers watching them?” Remember, you do not simply want to rehash what the three readings say, instead, think of your essay as a comprehensive diagnostic, which is concerned with discovering the most viable method of understanding the way films function on a cognitive level. You will want to work on putting your textual sources into a conceptual dialogue with each other, as well as bringing in your own case examples that can add to the theoretical discussion that you have undertaken in your paper. There will be Two Rough Drafts of the Analytical Essay Rough Draft A: This will be peer reviewed by students and then revised and submitted as Rough Draft B. Rough Draft B: This will be commented on (but no grade will be given) by the teacher.
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