L210 2101 STAFF
Studies in Popular Literature and Mass Media

7:15p-8:30p MW (30) 3 cr.

TOPIC: FILM AND TV IMAGES OF SPORTS

In this course, we will read a number of texts about popular culture, particularly works on genre and ideology in film and television. We will apply the concepts from these readings to such films as Hoosiers, The Natural, and Raging Bull, as well as to television representations of sports, including IU basketball games, Notre Dame football games, and ESPNís SportsCenter.

Student responsibility in the course includes a number of short papers; also a class presentation on any current or past sports movie of the studentís choosing; and a midterm and final exam. Students will have the option of substituting a major project for the final exam. The major projects can consist of: a research paper on any topic connected to the course; OR a creative project, e.g., a film or TV script or a short film or videotape on any topic prompted by the course.

You do not have to be an English or film major to take this class. We will use a textbook that explains cinematic and TV terms, and no student will be handicapped by a lack of background in film and television studies.

ONE WARNING: DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE IF YOU DO NOT LIKE SPORTS.