2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Film Studies

Students may complete a minor in Film Studies.

Director

Homay King, History of Art

Faculty

Jaime Javier Nasser, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities
Hoang Tan Nguyen, Assistant Professor

Steering Committee

Timothy Harte, Russian
Homay King, History of Art
Imke Meyer, German and German Studies
Hoang Tan Nguyen, English
Michael Tratner, English (on leave semester I)
Sharon Ullman, History

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary program of inquiry bringing a range of analytical methods to bear upon films, film audiences, and the social and industrial contexts of film and media production, distribution and exhibition. The courses that comprise the minor in film studies 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 and media culture add both breadth and depth to this program of study.

Film Studies is a Bryn Mawr College minor. Students must take a majority of courses on the Bryn Mawr campus; however, minors are encouraged to consider courses offered in the Tri-College consortium and at the University of Pennsylvania. Students should work with the director of the Film Studies Program to develop a minor workplan when declaring the minor.

Minor Requirements

In consultation with the program director, students design a program of study that includes a range of film genres, styles, national cinemas, eras and disciplinary and methodological approaches. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course addressing topics in global or non-western cinema. The minor consists of a total of six courses and must include the following:

1. One introductory course in the formal analysis of film

2. One course in film history or an area of film history

3. One course in film theory or an area of film theory

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. Students should consult with their advisers to determine which courses, if any, may count simultaneously for multiple credentials. Final approval is at the discretion of the program director.
Film Studies courses currently offered at Bryn Mawr include:

Fall 2010

ARTW B266 Screenwriting
CITY B293   Topics in Film, Television, and Media: Fragmented Media: Gender Identities
COML B238 History of Cinema,1895-1945: Silent Film: From the United States to Russia and Beyond
ENGL B238 History of Cinema,1895-1945: Silent Film: From the United States to Russia and Beyond
ENGL B334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema in a Transnational Frame
GERM B262 Film and the German Literary Imagination: Austrian Cinema from the Silent Era to the Present
HART B110   Identification in the Cinema
HART B238   History of Cinema,1895-1945: Silent Film: From the United States to Russia and Beyond
HART B293   Topics in Film, Television, and Media: Fragmented Media: Gender Identities
HART B334   Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema in a Transnational Frame
RUSS B238 History of Cinema,1895-1945: Silent Film: From the United States to Russia and Beyond
SPAN B318 Literary Adaptation in Spanish Cinema

Spring 2011

ENGL B205  Introduction to Film
ENGL B257  Gender and Technology
ENGL B299  History of Narrative Cinema, 1945-present
ENGL B306  Film Theory
ENGL B367  Asian American Film, Video and New Media
GNST B255  Video Production
HART B205   Introduction to Film
HART B299   History of Narrative Cinema, 1945-present
HART B306   Film Theory
HART B367   Asian American Film, Video and New Media
HEBR B110 Israeli Cinema