ASPP-UT 1020 (Undergraduate – Juniors and Seniors)
ASPP-GT 2020 Graduate Section
Thursdays, 2 - 5:30pm
4 points– will count toward Humanities General Education credits for Tisch undergraduates
Prerequisite: One introductory film history/ criticism class.
This course looks at how difference is constructed in film through reading assignments, in-class screenings, and critical analysis of full-length features, including mainstream Hollywood, independent, and international films. This inquiry takes note that while some of these films may be conventional in form, in content they challenge accepted notions of differences or stereotypes. Our goal is to catalog films that resist accepted notions of the “other.” To accomplish our goals, we deal primarily with textual analysis that focuses on story and character, as well as cinematic space and time. With the help of the required texts, we examine socially accepted notions of the “other” and see how they are derived and/or challenged in and by films, thus looking at how an art form can interact with socially accepted forms of “othering.” The objective of the course is to train emerging artists and scholars to engage in critical analysis that can make profound contributions to the individual’s unique creative or analytical process. Another intention of the course is to delineate and occupy the space left for debate between authorship as expressed from a directorial perspective from authorship from the spectator’s point of view.