Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: The Dark Turn in Television Storytelling|
Fall 2021 not offered
FILM 362, AMST 362|
This course, offered in association with the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing, examines a certain tendency in contemporary television storytelling. Taking the debut of "The Sopranos" in 1999 as a benchmark, we will explore the emergence in dramas and comedies of a dark, uncertain, pessimistic, or disillusioned address within a medium long known for its reassuring tone. We will consider the industrial and social conditions for this tonal shift, as well as the role it has played in elevating public perceptions of television's cultural value. The course will use the "beat model" developed in certain Calderwood Seminars, where students become "experts" in specific bodies of material. In this case, students will select a particular series on which they will focus over much of the course.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CWRC)(FILM-MN)
Jason Mittell, COMPLEX TELEVISION
Linda Williams, ON THE WIRE
Selections from works by Pierre Bourieu, Noel Carroll, Vincent Crapanzano, Frederic Jamison, Michael Newman, Ilana Levine, Dana Polan, Anthony Smith, Julie D'Acci, Jane Feuer and others
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reasearch journal; Midterm 5 page essay; class presentation and final research paper; discussion facilitation for one class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
As noted, interested students will be asked to complete a short questionnaire. I will also give preference to majors.
To apply for admission, please (1) place an electronic POI request once preregistration begins and (2) email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the questionnaire, which will be the basis for admission. Those admitted will be able to enroll during the adjustment period.
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