Philosophy and the Movies: The Past on Film|
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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Reading selections by Kant, Nietzsche, Williams, Baldwin, Fanon, Hacking, Cavell,
Weekly film showings, including NIGHT AND FOG, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, CASABLANCA, THE SEARCHERS, OUT OF THE PAST, VERTIGO, LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO and others
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assessment will be based on three papers.
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Friday discussion sessions will be held from 11:00am - 11:50am - Location TBD.
Students will meet with Teacher Assistants (TA).
Students will be broken up into small discussion groups.
Attendance is required at all course sessions.
|Instructor(s): Roth,Michael S. Times: .M..... 07:10PM-10:00PM; ..T.... 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 118||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 118||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 11||JR non-major: 12||SO: 24||FR: 57|
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