TuWTh 1:00-3:30 235 Dwinelle
Session D July 2nd – August 10th
This course will explore the theme of nature, including the breakdown of natural cycles in modern experience such as climate change, through representations offered in film and poetry. We will ask how these art forms call attention to rhythm, cycles, ritual, repetition, and spontaneity in relation to the man-made world of narrative. Scholarly texts will offer theoretical and historical lenses for problematizing the idea of the “natural.” Along the way, we will also consider questions of genre, style, and technological developments in film and analogous formal innovations in poetry.
This course satisfies part B of the University’s Reading and Composition requirement. You will learn tools for the analysis of film and poetry and complete the steps involved in writing a research paper. Assignments will build upon and expand your writing and analytical skills, including close-reading, argumentation, and developing a thesis.
Possible poems and films may include:
The Shape of Water Guillermo del Torro
Grizzly Man Werner Herzog
Wild Child François Truffaut
Leviathan Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Pavel
Late Spring Yasujiru Ozu
The Seasons Artavazd Peleshian
The Forgotten Space Alan Sekula & Noel Burch
Nine Muses John Akimfroh