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Film Studies

Jonathan Kahana

Bryn Mawr Faculty
Timothy Harte
Jennifer Horne
Homay King
Imke Meyer
Lisa Saltzman
Michael Tratner
Sharon Ullman

Affiliated Faculty
Manishita Dass, at Swarthmore College
Miguel Diaz-Barriga, at Swarthmore College
Marion Faber, at Swarthmore College
Haili Kong, at Swarthmore College
Graciela Michelotti, at Haverford College
Christopher Pavsek, at Haverford College
Ed Sikov, at Haverford College
Sunka Simon, at Swarthmore College
Yiman Wang, at Haverford College
Patricia White, at Swarthmore College
Craig Williamson, at Swarthmore College
Carina Yervasi, at Swarthmore College

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry bringing a range of analytical methods to bear upon films, film audiences, and the social and industrial contexts of film production, promotion, and consumption. The courses that comprise the Film Studies minor reflect the diversity of approaches in the academic study of cinema. The minor is anchored by core courses in formal analysis, history, and theory. Elective courses in particular film styles, directors, national cinemas, genres, areas of theory and criticism, and issues in film culture add both breadth and depth to this program of study.

Currently, the Film Studies minor is a Bryn Mawr College minor: students must take a majority of courses on the Bryn Mawr Campus. Minors are, however, encouraged to consider courses offered in the Tri-College consortium and at the University of Pennsylvania. Students should consult the Director of Film Studies before they declare the Film Studies minor to ensure that their course selections will be approved.

Minor Requirements

In consultation with the Director, students design a program of study that includes a range of film genres, styles, national cinemas, eras and disciplinary and methodological approaches. The minor consists of a total of six courses and must include the following:

1. One introductory course in the formal analysis of film (e.g., ENGL/HART 205. Introduction to Film; HART/ENGL 299. Introduction to Narrative Cinema)
2. One course in film history or an area of film history (e.g., ENGL/HART 238. Silent Film; RUSS 110. Soviet and East European Cinema of the 1960s. War, Politics, and Gender)
3. One course in film theory or an area of film theory (e.g., ENGL/HART 306.Film Theory; HART/ENGL 349. Theories of Authorship in Cinema; HART/ENGL 327. Feminist Film Theory and Practice)
4. Three electives.
At least one of the six courses must be at the 300-level. Courses that fall into two or more of the above categories may fulfill the requirement of the student’s choosing, but may not fulfill more than one requirement simultaneously. Final approval is at the discretion of the Film Studies Program Director.

Film Studies courses currently offered at Bryn Mawr include (see descriptions under individual departments):

205. Introduction to Film
238. Silent Cinema: International Film to 1930
239. Women and Cinema
255. Counter Cinema
291. Documentary Film and Media
306. Film Theory
329. Screen Melodrama

German and German Studies
245. Sexualities and Gender in 20th-Century German Literature and Film
299. Diaspora Film in Germany
321. Berlin in the 1920s

History of Art
110. Identification in the Cinema
299. Introduction to Narrative Cinema
327. Feminist Film Theory and Practice
349. Theories of Authorship in the Cinema

110. Soviet and East European Cinema of the 1960s: War, Politics, and Gender
252. Soviet Cinema: The Masterpieces of Russian and Soviet Cinema

226. Cine y sociedad en la España contemporánea (Film and Society in Contemporary Spain)

Film Studies courses currently offered at Haverford include:

East Asian Studies
275. Romancing/Passing
330. Cinema Nostalgia

General Programs
226. Sex and Gender on Film: Screwballs, Devil Dames and Closet Cases

224. German Cinema After World War II: History, Memory, Politics
262. Film Before WWII: Introduction to Film

Film Studies courses currently offered at Swarthmore include:

Film Studies
001. Introduction to Film and Media Studies
002. Video Production Workshop
081. Indian Cinema
082. World Film History I
092. Film Theory and Culture

09H. FYS: Women and Popular Culture: Fiction, Film, and Television
091. Feminist Film and Media Studies

Modern Languages and Literature
058. Cyberculture

063. El cine de la democracia en España

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