Midterm Study Guide
The midterm for this course will take place on Wednesday, October 22.
The exam will
begin promptly at 3:10 pm, so you should be in your seats ready to begin at that time.
take no longer than 50 minutes.
BRING YOUR OWN BLUE BOOK.
The midterm exam will be comprised of identifications, fill-in-the-blank questions, and multiple-
choice questions derived from lectures and readings from the first half of the semester.
Some of the terms that you should know for the midterm:
- According to Gellner, the state is “that institution or set of institutions
specifically concerned with the enforcement of order…such as police forces and courts.”
Nations are formed by people of the same “culture,” who “recognize certain mutual rights and
duties and duties to each other in virtue of their shared membership of [the nation].
then, is primarily a political principle, which holds that the political and national unit should be
According to Benedict Anderson, the nation is “an imagined political community-
and imagined as bother inherently limited and sovereign.”
- According to Gellner, is primarily a political principle, which holds that the
political and the national unit should be congruent.
- The practice of writing history.
The social practice of time necessitates an
understanding of how we agree to write it.
Hegel’s 3 major types of the historical method:
original history 2) reflective history (universal history, Pragmatic, Critical) 3) philosophic
Other prominent historiography figures are Marx, Foucault, Benjamin, Anderson, and
Industrial history includes social organization of labor and the history of:
Studios, production companies, talent agencies; economic competition vs. collaboration; the
regulation of the industry by the state.
Aesthetic history includes changes in narratives, changes
in narrative conventions, changes in visual “style,” and interactions with other parts of “visual
Auteurial history includes the great directors and great men (anti-industrial) as well as
the neo-Romantic (anti-industrial).
National history includes national cinema and the “nation.”
Archaeology vs. Genealogy
- According to Foucault, archaeology is looking at a given moment
in time or society, and looking at all of the competing systems of thought at that moment.
Genealogy is the study of ancestry and family histories.
Cinema vs. Film
- According to the Oxford English Dictionary, film is “a membrane, animal or
vegetable,” “a thin pellicle forming a coating or overlying layer,” “photography,” or “a
cinematographic representation of a story, drama, episode, event, etc.”
Cinema is the social
conventions and institutions through and by and which films are produced, distributed, exhibited,
and viewed; cinema is not an object, per se, but rather a social organization, or set of social