PHIL 160, HIST 129|
This course 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 "the reality effect"? How has the contemporary documentary's use of reenactment changed our expectations of nonfiction film? Much of the course is devoted to classic narrative films that help us critically engage questions about the depiction of the past. We think about those films in relation to texts in this history of philosophy and contemporary film theory.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)(HIST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Reading packet with selections by Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Nichols, Williams, Hacking, Cavell
Weekly film showings, including NIGHT AND FOG, CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, THE LADY EVE, OUT OF THE PAST, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assessment will be based on three papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance is required at all course sessions.
|Instructor(s): Roth,Michael S. Times: .M..... 07:10PM-10:00PM; ..T.... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: CFS190; CFS190; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 118||SR major: 17||JR major: 17|| || |
|Seats Available: 23||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 18||JR non-major: 18||SO: 13||FR: 35|