Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS)

CIMS 014 Freshman Seminar

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COML 107, ITAL 100

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 016 Freshman Seminar in Cinema and Media Studies

This topic course explores aspects of Cinema and Media Studies intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website <cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: ARTH 100, ENGL 016, URBS 106

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 021 Medieval Lit & Culture

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 021, ENGL 021

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 061 Video I

This course provides students with the introductory skills and concepts related to producing short works that explore the language of the moving image. Students will learn the basics of cinematography and editing through a series of assignments designed to facilitate the use of the medium for artistic inquiry, cultural expression and narrative storytelling, through both individual and group projects.

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: FNAR 061, FNAR 661

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 062 Video II

Video II offers opportunities to further explore the role of cinematic narrative technique, non-narrative forms, digital video cinematography, editing, and screen aesthetics. Through a series of several video projects and a variety of technical exercises, students will refine their ability to articulate technically and conceptually complex creative projects in digital cinema. In addition, one presentation on a contemporary issue related to the application of cinematic storytelling and/or the cultural context of digital video is required.

Taught by: Reynolds/Novack

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: FNAR 062, FNAR 662

Prerequisite: CINE 061 / FNAR 061

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 063 Documentary Video

Documentary Video is an intensive production course involving the exploration of concepts, techniques, concerns, and aesthetics of the short form documentary. Building on camera, sound, and editing skills acquired in Video I, students will produce a portfolio of short videos and one longer project over the course of the semester using advanced level camera and sound equipment. One short presentation on a genre, technique, maker, or contemporary concern selected by the student is required.

Taught by: Reynolds

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: FNAR 063, FNAR 663

Prerequisite: CINE 061 / FNAR 061

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 065 Cinema Production

This course focuses on the practices and theory of producing narrative based cinema. Members of the course will become the film crew and produce a short digital film. Workshops on producing, directing, lighting, camera, sound and editing will build skills necessary for the hands-on production shoots. Visiting lecturers will critically discuss the individual roles of production in the context of the history of films.

Taught by: Mosley

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: FNAR 065, FNAR 665

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 074 Contemp American Lit

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ENGL 074

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 100 Study of An Author

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COML 117, ENGL 101, GSWS 101

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 112 Study of a Theme

This topic course explores multiple and different aspects of Cinema Studies. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/courses for a description of the current offerings.

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COML 245, ENGL 102, GSWS 102, PSYS 102

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 113 Religion & Cinema India

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: RELS 118, SAST 112

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 116 Screenwriting Workshop

This is a workshop-style course for those who have thought they had a terrific idea for a movie but didn't know where to begin. The class will focus on learning the basic tenets of classical dramatic structure and how this (ideally) will serve as the backbone for the screenplay of the aforementioned terrific idea. Each student should, by the end of the semester, have at least thirty pages of a screenplay completed. Classic and not-so-classic screenplays will be required reading for every class, and students will also become acquainted with how the business of selling and producing one's screenplay actually happens. Students will be admitted on the basis of an application by email briefly describing their interest in the course to the instructor.

Taught by: Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: ENGL 116

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 125 Adultery Novel

The object of this course is to analyze narratives of adultery from Shakespeare to the present and to develop a vocabulary for thinking critically about the literary conventions and social values that inform them. Many of the themes (of desire, transgression, suspicion, discovery) at the heart of these stories also lie at the core of many modern narratives. Is there anything special, we will ask, about the case of adultery--once called "a crime which contains within itself all others"? What might these stories teach us about the way we read in general? By supplementing classic literary accounts by Shakespeare, Pushkin, Flaubert, Chekhov, and Proust with films and with critical analyses, we will analyze the possibilities and limitations of the different genres and forms under discussion, including novels, films, short stories, and theatre. What can these forms show us (or not show us)about desire, gender, family and social obligation? Through supplementary readings and class discussions, we will apply a range of critical approaches to place these narratives of adultery in a social and literary context, including formal analyses of narrative and style, feminist criticism, Marxist and sociological analyses of the family, and psychoanalytic understandings of desire and family life.

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COML 127, GSWS 125, RUSS 125

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: All readings and discussions in English.

CIMS 131 Intro Light, Set,Costume

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: THAR 130

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 160 British Cinema

Fran�ois Truffaut once famously suggested that there was a certain incompatibility between the terms cinema and Britain ; Satyajit Ray declared, I do not think the British are temperamentally equipped to make the best use of the movie camera ; and throughout the history of film criticism, British cinema has been condemned for its theatrical style, lack of emotion, imitation of Hollywood and/or European cinema, and failure to achieve a national character. Yet in spite of this history of dismissal, British cinema has a long and complex history that we will begin to explore through film screenings, critical reading, and visits to archives and museums. Topics covered will include: Early Cinema of Attractions ; British cinema s relation to other countries; war propaganda and the British documentary film; cinematic adaptations of British literature; British film theory; British experimental film/moving images in the art gallery; British cinema and identity. Requirements: attendance at screenings/discussions/trips; final paper; film journal.

Taught by: Beckman

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ENGL 061

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Penn-in-London

CIMS 164 Russian Film 1900-1945

This course presents the Russian contribution to world cinema before WWII - nationalization of the film industry in post revolutionary Russia, the creation of institutions of higher education in filmmaking, film theory, experimentation with the cinematic language, and the social and political reflex of cinema. Major themes and issues involve: the invention of montage, Kuleshov effect, the means of visual propaganda and the cinematic component to the communist cultural revolutions, party ideology and practices of social-engineering, cinematic response to the emergence of the totalitarian state. Great filmmaker and theorist in discussion include Vertov, Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Medvedkin and others.

Taught by: Todorov

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: EEUR 164, RUSS 164

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 165 Russian and East European Film After WWII

This course examines the Russian and East European contribution to world cinema after WWII - Stalinist aesthetics and desalinization, WWII in film, the installation of totalitarianism in Eastern Europe and the Cold War in film, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the post-soviet condition, cinematic representations of Yugoslavia's violent breakup; the new Romanian waive. Major filmmakers in discussion include Kalatozov, Tarkovsky, Wajda, Polanski, Forman, Mentzel, Sabo, Kusturitsa, Konchalovsky, Mikhalkov and others.

Taught by: Todorov

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: EEUR 165, RUSS 165

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 166 Arab-Israeli Conflict Through Literature and Film

This course will explore the origins, the history and, most importantly, the literary and cinematic art of the struggle that has endured for a century over the region that some call the Holy Land, some call Eretz Israel and others call Palestine. We will also consider religious motivations and interpretations that have inspired many involved in this conflict as well as the political consequences of world wars that contributed so greatly to the reconfiguration of the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and after the revelations of the Holocaust in Western Europe. While we will rely on a textbook for historical grounding. the most significant material we will use to learn this history will be films, novels, and short stories. Can the arts lead us to a different understanding of the lives lived through what seems like unending crisis?

Taught by: Troutt-Powell

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: HIST 166, NELC 137

Activity: Recitation

1 Course Unit

CIMS 167 Hollywood & Amer History

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: HIST 165

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 201 Topics in Film History

This topic course explores aspects of Film History intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 391, COML 201, ENGL 291

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 202 Topics in Film Studies

This topic course explores aspects of Film Practice intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 289, COML 292, ENGL 292, SAST 212

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 203 Film, Form, and Context

Movies as a form of audio-visual communication: their formal language, their relationship to other means of communication (music, stories, theater, pictures), their place in the media industry, their role in culture.

Taught by: Messaris

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COMM 240

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 204 Visual Communication

Examination of the structure and effects of visual media (film, television, advertising, and other kinds of pictures).

Taught by: Messaris

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COMM 262

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 206 Italian History on Screen

How has our image of Italy arrived to us? Where does the story begin and who has recounted, rewritten, and rearranged it over the centuries? In this course, we will study Italy's rich and complex past and present. We will carefully read literary and historical texts and thoughtfully watch films in order to attain an understanding of Italy that is as varied and multifacted as the country itself. Group work, discussions and readings will allow us to examine the problems and trends in the political, cultural and social history from ancient Rome to today. We will focus on: the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Unification, Turn of the Century, Fascist era, World War II, post-war and contemporary Italy.

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Taught by: Veneziano

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COML 206, ITAL 204

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 210 Topics in Narrative Cinema

This topic course explores aspects of Film Narrative intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Met

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: AFRC 231, AFST 231, FREN 231

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 213 Contemp Italy Thru Film

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ITAL 213

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 220 20th Century Chinese Literature & Film

This course serves as a thematic introduction to modern Chinese literature and cinema in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and transnational Chinese communities in the twentieth century. By discussing a wide range of key literary and filmic texts, this class looks into major issues and discourses in China's century of modernization: enlightenment and revolution, politics and aesthetics, sentimental education and nationalism, historical trauma and violence, gender and sexuality, social hygiene and body politics, diaspora and displacement, youth sub-culture and urban imagination.

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Taught by: Wang

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: EALC 125

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 225 Topics Theatre & Cinema

This topic course explores aspects of Film and Theater intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: THAR 273, THAR 275

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 232 Topics in Brazilian Culture

Taught by: Flannery

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: LALS 240, PRTG 240

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 244 Metropolis:Cultr of City

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 254, GRMN 244

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 245 French Cinema

This topic course explores aspects of French Cinema. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Met

Course usually offered in fall term

Also Offered As: FREN 230

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 250 German Cinema

This topic course explores aspects of German Cinema. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Richter, MacLeod

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: RUSS 250

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 257 Fascist Cinemas

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 269, GRMN 257, ITAL 257

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 258 German Cinema

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 270, GRMN 258

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 259 Topics German Cinema

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 261, GRMN 259

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 263 Mixed Media Animation

This animation course fuses hands-on studio drawing, modeling and cinematic processes with digital tools. Real world techniques such as stop-motion, clay animation, hand-drawn and multi-plane animation will be practiced in the studio. Other techniques, such as keyframe animation, editing and blue-screen composition compositing will be practiced in the digital labs. Both production teams and individuals will create short mixed-media animations in form, material and time.

Taught by: Mosley

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 301, ENGL 263

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 266 Topics Law & Literature

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ENGL 266

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 271 American Musical Theatre

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ENGL 274, THAR 271

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 272 Asian-American Literature and Film

This topic course explores aspects of Asian-American Literature and Cinema intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ASAM 202, ENGL 272

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 279 Jewish Film & Lit

Also Offered As: COML 265, ENGL 279, GRMN 261, JWST 261

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 282 Native American Rel/Lit

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ANTH 282, ENGL 282, RELS 208

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 295 Topics in Cultural Studies

This topic course explores aspects of Film Cultural Studies intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Decherney

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: AFRC 296, ARTH 293, COML 295, ENGL 295

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 297 Tpcs Theories Gender/Sex

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 297, ENGL 296, GSWS 297

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 300 Topics in Italian History, Literature, and Culture

This topic course explores aspects of Film in others arts intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 300, ITAL 300

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 301 French Identity

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: FREN 301, GSWS 301

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 340 Italian Cinema

This topic course explores multiple and different aspects of Italian Cinema. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Trentin

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 280, ITAL 322

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 350 Topics in Spanish Culture and Film

This topic course explores aspects of Spanish Culture and Film. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: AFRC 349, ARTH 301, COML 351, ENGL 295

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 359 Seminar in Modern Hebrew Literature and Film

This topic course explores aspects of Modern Hebrew Literature and Film. Specific course topics vary from semester to semester. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Gold

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: COLL 227, COML 359, HEBR 359, HEBR 659, JWST 359

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 370 Blacks in American Film and Television

An examination and analysis of the changing images and achievements of African Americans in motion pictures and television. The first half of the course focuses on African-American film images from the early years of D.W. Griffith's "renegade bucks" in The Birth of a Nation (1915); to the comic servants played by Steppin Fetchit, Hattie McDaniel, and others during the Depression era; to the post-World War II New Negro heroes and heroines of Pinky (1949) and The Defiant Ones (1958); to the rise of the new movement of African American directors such as Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Charles Burnett, (To Sleep With Anger) and John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood). The second half explores television images from the early sitcoms "Amos 'n Andy" and "Beulah" to the "Cosby Show," "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," and "Martin." Foremost this course will examine Black stereotypes in American films and television--and the manner in which those stereotypes have reflected national attitudes and outlooks during various historical periods. This course will also explore the unique "personal statements" and the sometimes controversial "star personas" of such screen artists as Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Paul Robeson, Richard Pryor, Oscar Micheaux, Spike Lee, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, and Whoopi Goldberg. The in-class screenings and discussions will include such films as Show Boat (1936), the independently produced "race movies" of the 1930s and 1940s, Cabin in the Sky (1943), The Defiant Ones (1958), Imitation of Life (the 1959 remake), Super Fly (1972), and She's Gotta Have It (1986) and such television series as "I Spy," "Julia," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons," "Roots," "A Different World," "I'll Fly Away," "LA Law," and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper."

Taught by: Bogle

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: AFRC 400

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 382 Horror Cinema

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the history and main themes of the supernatural/horror film from a comparative perspective. Films considered will include: the German expressionists masterworks of the silent era, the Universal classics of the 30's and the low-budget horror films produced by Val Lewton in the 40's for RKO in the US, the 1950's color films of sex and violence by Hammer studios in England, Italian Gothic horror or giallo (Mario Brava) and French lyrical macabre (Georges Franju) in the 60's, and on to contemporary gore. In an effort to better understand how the horror film makes us confront out worst fears and our most secret desires alike, we will look at the genre's main iconic figures (Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, etc.) as well as issues of ethics, gender, sexuality, violence, spectatorship through a variety of critical lenses (psychoanalysis, socio-historial and cultural context, aesthetics,...).

Taught by: Met

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COML 372, FREN 382

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: The course will be taught in English. French credit by arrangement with Instructor.

CIMS 384 Spanish Lit/Film

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: SPAN 384

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 386 Paris in Film

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: FREN 386

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 387 Holocst Ital Lit & Film

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 384, ITAL 384

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 392 Topics in Cinema Studies

This topic course explores aspects of Cinema Studies intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Corrigan

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: AFRC 392, ARTH 389, COML 391, ENGL 392, SLAV 392

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 395 Topics in African Lit

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 416 Screenwriting

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: ENGL 416

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit

CIMS 504 Out of Hollywood: Literature to Film

Since the beginnings of the motion picture industry, producers and directors have drawn from existing literary works for adaptation to the "big screen." The past decade has proven to be no exception. We will explore several screen adaptations from the recent past and consider the artistic challenges, the financial compromises, and the technical realities of translation from one medium to another, as well as the motivations behind these film adaptations. Films may include *The Age of Innocence* (1993), *Smoke* (1994), *Clueless* (1995), *Emma* (1996), Trainspotting* (1996), *Fight Club* (1996), *L.A. Confidential* (1997), *Out of Sight* (1998), and *Bridget Jones's Diary* (2001). Listed films are based on: Edith Wharton's *The Age of Innocence* (1920), Paul Auster's "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" (1992), Jane Austen's *Emma* (1816), Irvine Welsh's *Trainspotting* (1993), Chuck Palahniuk's *Fight Club* (1996), James Ellroy's *L. A. Confidential* (1990), Elmore Leonard's *Out of Sight* (1996), Helen Fielding's *Bridget Jones's Diary* (1996), and Jane Austen's *Pride and Prejudice* (1813).

Taught by: Shawcross

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: COMM 562

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

CIMS 530 Black Cinemas

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: AFRC 526, ARTH 504, COML 529, ENGL 570

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 539 Penn-In-Kenya

Course usually offered summer term only

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 550 Topics in German Cinema

This graduate topic course explores aspects of German Cinema intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Course offered spring; odd-numbered years

Also Offered As: COML 552, GRMN 550

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 572 Topics in African Lit

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: AFRC 572, COML 575, ENGL 572

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 575 Russian History in Film

Also Offered As: RUSS 575

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 592 20th Century Lit & Theory

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 581, COML 592, ENGL 592

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 595 Copyright and Culture

This graduate topic course explores aspects of copyright in Cinema Studies. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Decherney

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ENGL 595

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 596 Topics in Contemp Art

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: ARTH 596, ENGL 596

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 599 Independent Study

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit

CIMS 611 Topics in Cinema Studies

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: FREN 611

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 619 The Politics and Practices of Representation

This course engages with the following question from both theoretical and practical perspectives: Who says what about whom, under what circumstances, in which medium, with what effects? We will spend the first two thirds of the semester investigating different approaches to this question, looking at insider accounts, processes of othering, realism and other narrative conventions, the ethics of consent, "objective" and "biased" shooting techniques, the politics of editing, the role of the intended audience in the production of a work, and so on. We will simultaneously cover the technical aspects of production that will enable you to produce digital video projects: shooting (Canon GL1s), lighting, sound, editing (Final Cut Pro on Mac), graphics, music, and so on. During the final third of the semester all students will produce short (5-10 minute) documentary and/or experimental digital videos.

Taught by: Sender

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 680 French Cinema

This graduate topic course explores aspects of French Cinema intensively. Specific course topics vary from year to year. See the Cinema Studies website at <http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/> for a description of the current offerings.

Taught by: Met

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: FREN 680

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 694 Mexican Cinema

This seminar will address the specificity and uniqueness of Spanish America's cultural production, that is, those elements that make the Spanish American case differ from the paradigmatic postcolonial situation, and which make recent developments in postcolonial studies not fully applicable to it. We will explore these issues in the context of the literary production of the twentieth century in Spanish America from roughly the twenties to the present, that is, the epoch encompassing the larger metropolitan cultural phenomena of Modernism and Postmodernism.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: LALS 694, SPAN 694

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 793 Topics in Cinema and Media

Topic varies.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 793, ENGL 797, GSWS 793

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 796 Topics in Contemp Art

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 796, ENGL 778

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 842 The Filmic

This interdisciplinary graduate course takes "film" as its object of study, theorizing it as a medium/mode of representation. We draw on film theory, psychoanalysis, literary analysis, cognitive theory, communication studies, and visual anthropology to discuss several key issues related to the state of film/filmmaking in an age of "digital" media. We interrogate contentious notions of authority, reflexivity, and objectivity. We analyze film's claim to "realistic" (iconic and indexical) representation. We interrogate how "film" and "video" get imagined in all their visual particularity, sometimes conflated into a single visual form and at other moments distinguished as a function of the difference between photochemical and electro-magnetic processes. We also highlight the kinds of techniques filmmakers use to thematize these same issues "on screen." Students will be responsible for watching one film each week (along with the the course readings), and part of the final project involves helping to produce a group documentary/ethnographic "film" that engages the course's central concerns.

Taught by: Jackson

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: ANTH 842, COMM 842

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 846 Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn

This course will explore the proposition that we are witnessing a 'demotic turn' in media culture: the development of a broader, possibly even a new, field of relations between media and culture in which the participation of ordinary people has become a more fundamental component than ever before. Rather than necessarily signifying the rise of a democratic politics or a process of media democratization, the politics of that participation are contingent and instantiated rather than determined in advance. The course will explore how this politics of participation actually plays out in a range of contemporary media 'hot spots' - reality television, user-generated content online, debates about the future of journalism in an online environment heavily populated by bloggers and citizen journalists, the connection between the commodification of celebrity and the construction of social identities, utopian and dystopian readings of the potential of new media, and populist formations of talk radio.

Also Offered As: COMM 846

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

CIMS 899 Independent Study

Course not offered every year

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit