College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 319: Popular Culture

ENGH 319-001: Film and Video Forms
(Spring 2015)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW

Robinson A349

Section Information for Spring 2015

Film & Video Forms focuses on how movies, videos, and TV tell stories, construct subjects, and influence 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. 


Movies and TV may include Actress, The Americans, Birdman, Citizenfour, The Double, Elena, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Fifi Howls From Happiness, Louie, Love Child, Lucy, Key and Peele, Point and Shoot, Purgatorio, Stories We Tell, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Virunga

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

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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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