College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 319: Popular Culture

ENGH 319-001: Film and Video Forms
(Fall 2013)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR

Innovation Hall 209

Section Information for Fall 2013

This course focuses on how films and videos tell stories, how they construct subjects and position viewers, by creating convincing, emotionally potent "realities." Looking at how fiction films, documentaries, and television take on similar topics, we'll examine narrative and formal conventions, political and historical contexts, and the effects of budgets, technologies, and commercial culture. Screenings include The Americans (FX), Chronicle, Haywire, The Imposter, The Iran Job, Last Train Home, Middle of Nowhere (2012), Special Flight, and Zero Dark Thirty.

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Emphasizes popular fiction and adaptation of popular prose genres to media that have strong verbal and visual elements. Relationship between verbal and nonverbal elements of media such as film, comics, and radio. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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