The Past on Film|
PHIL 160, HIST 129|
The Past on Film examines how films represent the past and how they can help us understand crucial questions in the philosophy of history. We begin with three weeks on documentary cinema. How do documentary films achieve what Roland Barthes called "the reality effect"? How is the insinuation of reality onto the screen connected to the work of a strong author or artist? How can such an author subvert his or her own realism? We then move on to classic narrative films to examine tensions between story-telling and documentation. After discussions of films that seem to aim explicitly at historical reconstruction (like NIGHT AND FOG and MAELSTROM) most of the semester will be spent with films whose narratives and mechanisms of representation help us critically engage questions about the depiction of the past.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Reading packet with selections by Hegel, Plantinga, Nichols, Williams, P.Arthur, Kierkegaard, H.James, Kant, Cavell, Roth, et al.
Weekly film showings, including NIGHT AND FOG, CITIZEN KANE, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, OUT OF THE PAST, and others.
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Assessment will be based on three papers.
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Attendance is required at all course sessions. Course fee: $60.00.
|Instructor(s): Roth,Michael S. Times: ..T.... 09:00AM-12:30PM; Location: CFS100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 400||SR major: 50||JR major: 50|| || |
|Seats Available: 168||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 50||JR non-major: 50||SO: 100||FR: 100|
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