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Comparative Literature | CMLT

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Comparative Literature | CMLT

P Prerequisite | C Co-requisite | R Recommended
I Fall Semester | II Spring Semester | S Summer Session/s

  • CMLT-C 190 An Introduction to Film (3 cr.) Nature of film technique and film language; analysis of specific films and introduction to major critical approaches in film studies.
  • CMLT-C 253 Third World and Black American Films (3 cr.) Black American Films - both within the Hollywood "mainstream" and from the more independent producers; films from Africa, India, and Latin America. Discussion and analysis of the individual films as well as their cultural backgrounds.
  • CMLT-C 293 History of the Motion Picture I (3 cr.) Credit not given for both CMLT-C 294 and CMLT-C 394. This course studies the evolution of cinema as an institution and art form, moving from the origins of cinema in the late 19th century through World War II.
  • CMLT-C 294 History of the Motion Picture II (3 cr.) This course studies major national cinemas and film movements from post-World War II to the present.
  • CMLT-C 297 Film Genres (3 cr.) This course investigates the nature, particularly the political nature, of genre films.  Topics covered may include genre cycles, and gender and genre.  Genres covered may include melodrama, comedy, action, science fiction, the western, and the thriller, as well as others.
  • CMLT-C 310 Literature and Film (3 cr.) This course focuses on both literary analysis and formal film analysis. Study the relationship between the literary and the cinematic version of several texts, and consider the strategies, agendas, and pleasures of each version, and of the process of adaptation itself.
  • CMLT-C 395 The Documentary Film (3 cr.) Although some of the earliest films ever made were documentaries, the end of the twentieth century witnessed a rise in reality-based filmmaking. This course studies the history of the documentary film and its efforts to represent "reality" and "truth."
  • CMLT-C 491 Authorship in the Cinema (3 cr.) Topic varies: in-depth analysis of individual filmmakers, viewed as "authors." May be repeated twice for credit.
  • CMLT-C 493 Film Adaptations of Literature (3 cr.) Analysis of the processes and problems involved in turning a literary work (novel, play, or poem) into a screenplay and then into a film. Close study of literary and film techniques and short exercises in adaptation.
  • CMLT-C 603 Topics in Comparative Literature (4 cr.) The course will be discussion driven; its success is dependent on thorough preparation and consistent participation from all. Each student is responsible for a critical presentation to the class during the semester. The presentation should focus on an idea that you find interesting, related to one of the primary readings. May be repeated twice for up to 8 credits.
  • CMLT-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions (3 cr.) Explores, in an interdisciplinary way, one of the great humanistic traditions of inquiry regarding one of the following themes: ideas of self, ideas of truth, ideas of beauty, ideas of community, ideas of nature, ideas of conflict. Writing-intensive, discussion-focused.
  • CMLT-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions (3 cr.) Interdisciplinary exploration of a humanistic tradition of inquiry regarding one of the following themes:  ideas of self; of truth; of beauty; of community; of nature; of conflict.  Writing intensive, discussion focused.  Attention to primary texts and research materials.

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