College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 319: Popular Culture

ENGH 319-A01: Film & Video Forms
(Summer 2014)

09:30 AM to 11:20 AM MTWR

Robinson A243

Section Information for Summer 2014

This course focuses on how films and videos tell stories, construct subjects and shape viewers, by creating convincing, emotionally potent "realities." Looking at how different fiction films, documentaries, and forms of TV take on similar topics, we'll consider narrative and formal conventions, as well as challenges positions, and especially, how they invite viewers to feel responses, including identification or antagonism with subjects on screen. As the course investigates such structural and formal issues, it also considers contexts, differences over tiem and in place, and the effects of budgets, technologies, audiences, and commercial concerns on film and video. The focus will be on recent texts, perhaps including Fruitvale Station, Orphan Black, The Raid: Redemption, Stories We Tell, and True Detective.

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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