Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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Course Description

About “Reading Film”: This section of English 110 takes “reading film” as its central theme. Film production shares much of the vocabulary of writing: filmmakers “compose” shots, learn the “grammar” of film, make transitions between scenes using “film punctuation,” use “leitmotifs” and repetition to convey “characterization,” and deal with similar narrative concerns as writers. Film audiences also use language one uses when responding to literature, like when comparing an adapted film with its source novel or skimming through a DVD’s “chapters.” Thus, we will use the concept of “reading film” to hold a lens up to our understanding of the English language and what it means to write and read “texts.” While our focus will be on developing an understanding of the fundamentals of college writing, we will use film studies as a helpful model to compare and contrast just what it is we do when we read and write.

Contact:

Prof. Ferguson

Office Hours: M/W, 3:00-4:00 in Klapper 711

Class Meeting: M/W, 10:15-12:05, Powdermaker 302

kferguson@qc.cuny.edu

Here is “Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze” (1894), the earliest surviving motion picture copyrighted in the United States.

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