Teaching Film

  • Editors: Lucy Fischer, Patrice Petro
  • Pages: xi & 413 pp.
  • Published: 2012
  • ISBN: 9781603291149 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9781603291156 (Paperback)
“An invaluable resource not only for those new to teaching film but for those of us who have been working in the discipline for a long time and have grappled with many of the same issues addressed here.”—Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame

Film studies has been a part of higher education curricula in the United States almost since the development of the medium. Although the study of film is dispersed across a range of academic departments, programs, and scholarly organizations, film studies has come to be recognized as a field in its own right. In an era when teaching and scholarship are increasingly interdisciplinary, film studies continues to expand and thrive, attracting new scholars and fresh ideas, direction, and research.

Given the dynamism of the field, experienced and beginning instructors alike need resources for bringing the study of film into the classroom. This volume will help instructors conceptualize contemporary film studies in pedagogical terms. The first part of the volume features essays on theory and on representation, including gender, race, and sexuality. Contributors then examine the geographies of cinema and offer practical suggestions for structuring courses on national, regional, and transnational film. Several essays focus on interdisciplinary approaches, while others describe courses designed around genre (film noir, the musical), mode (animation, documentary, avant-garde film), or the formal elements of film, such as sound, music, and mise-en-scène. The volume closes with a section on film and media in the digital age, in which contributors discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by access to resources, media convergence, and technological developments in the field.

Mark Lynn Anderson
Dudley Andrew
Michael Aronson
Edward Branigan
Pat Brereton
Steven Cohan
Timothy Corrigan
Peter Decherney
David Desser
Wheeler Winston Dixon
Nataša Ďurovičová
Caryl Flinn
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Anne Friedberg
E. Ann Kaplan
Adam Knee
Mark Langer
James F. Lastra
Adam Lowenstein
Neepa Majumdar
Paula J. Massood
Tara McPherson
Hamid Naficy
Scott Nygren
Tasha Oren
Raphael Raphael
Michael Renov
Eric Rentschler
Anne Rutherford
Zoran Samardzija
Garrett Stewart
Frank P. Tomasulo
Maureen Turim
Cristina Venegas
Patricia White

 Acknowledgments (xi)

 Introduction: “Memories of Underdevelopment” (1)

Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro

Part I: Theory and Representation

Introduction (15)

Teaching Film Auteurs (19)

Timothy Corrigan

Teaching Film Theory (26)

Edward Branigan

Teaching Feminist Film Theory; or, Women and Film (40)

Maureen Turim

Teaching African American Film: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics (51)

Paula J. Massood

Teaching Queer Cinema with Independent Media (63)

Patricia White

Teaching Film and Disability Studies (74)

Raphael Raphael

Part II: Geographies of Cinema

Introduction (89)

Teaching Indian Cinema (92)

Neepa Majumdar

Teaching Latin American and Caribbean Cinema (101)

Cristina Venegas

Teaching Accented Cinema as a Global Cinema (112)

Hamid Naficy

Reconsidering New German Cinema (119)

Eric Rentschler

Teaching the Ends of Eastern European Cinema (126)

Zoran Samardzija

Teaching Japanese Cinema (134)

David Desser

Teaching World Cinema (145)

Dudley Andrew

Part III: Interdisciplinarities

Introduction (161)

Literature and Film—Not Literature on Film (164)

Garrett Stewart

Teaching Cinema across Languages (177)

Nataša Ďurovičová

Teaching Film and Trauma (187)

Adam Lowenstein

Teaching Film Historiography (197)

Mark Lynn Anderson

Teaching Film Law and Policy (209)

Peter Decherney

Part IV: Genre and Mode

Introduction (221)

Teaching Film Genre(s) (224)

Steven Cohan

Teaching Futurist Dystopian Cinema (233)

E. Ann Kaplan

Teaching the Documentary Film (242)

Michael Renov

Teaching Animation (253)

Mark Langer

Teaching the Avant-Garde Film (261)

Scott Nygren

Part V: Style and Craft

Introduction (275)

Teaching Film Music (278)

Caryl Flinn

Teaching Film Sound (288)

James F. Lastra

Teaching Film and Mise-en-Scène (299)

Anne Rutherford

Teaching Film through Stardom (311)

Adam Knee

Teaching Film Studies in a Production Context (323)

Frank P. Tomasulo

Teaching Screenwriting as Criticism (337)

Tasha Oren

Part VI: Film and Media in the Digital Age

Introduction (347)

Teaching Media Specificity in an Age of Convergence (349)

Anne Friedberg

Teaching Film in the Age of Digital Transformation (357)

Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Teaching with DVD Add-Ons (364)

Pat Brereton

Teaching US Television in an Era of Convergence (376)

Tara McPherson

Teaching Film and the Internet (384)

Michael Aronson

Notes on Contributors (397)

Index (403)