COM 476
Fall 2007

Hugh McCarney
B 213

ERes Discussion




Week Of:


Work due

9/3 Read "Introduction to the First Edition," p. vi
"Introduction to the Second Edition," p. ix

9/10 Read Chapter 1, "Politics," p. 1.

9/17 Read Chapter 2, "Semiotics," p. 32.


Paper Topic

10/1 Read Chapter 3, "Psychoanalysis," p. 67.

10/8 Read Chapter 4, "Authorship," p. 105. Working Bibliography

10/15 Read Chapter 5, "Narrative," p. 129.

10/22 Read Chapter 6, "Realism," p. 156.

10/29 Read Chapter 7, "The avant-garde," p. 181.

11/5 Read "Afterword," p. 214. Outline


11/19 Polan, Dana (1987). "Film Theory Re-Assessed", Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture,1 (
B&C, p. 791: Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."

11/26 Freeland, Cynthia A. "Feminist Film Theory: Draft for the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics" (
Smelik , Anneke. "Feminist Film Theory" (

***Papers Due***

12/3 Miller, Blair. "The Work of Interpretation: A Theoretical Defence of Film Theory and Criticism" (

12/10 Reports

ERes Board Discussion:

The Web Board discussion centers around the topic "Problems I'm having making sense of this stuff." All theories are abstract; some have a specialized vocabulary and others assume you have background information that you may be missing. This discussion is designed to help us fill the gaps so these theories do make sense to us. While the discussion is informal, proofreading is recommended. The link to the discussion is at the top of this page.

Formal Paper:

The major paper for the course will be due the week of November 26. You are asked to choose a film in the Haas Library holdings and examine it from two theoretical perspective (For example,"The Gaze in Jezebeland Its Hegemonic Implications" or "The Semiotics of Clothing in Young and Innocent as a Reflection of its Structure").You will be asked to identify the major question(s) the theories attempts to answer, and answer them in terms of this film. You are welcome to use outside sources in preparing the paper, however you are cautioned to cite all sources, whether the information is directly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized. All reference material must be credited using the form presented in The Publication Manual of the APA. Failure to document sources is plagiarism, and will not be tolerated.

Conventions Followed in Writing about Film:


Grades will be based on the Major Paper, the oral presentation, class participation, and the Web Board discussion. Late work will not be accepted without a physician's statement.

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