American Studies | Seminar in American Studies / Topic: Genres, Cycles, Series, and Serials in American Cinema
G751 | 14612 | Greg Waller
Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
4 credit hours
Instructor: Greg Waller
Class meets with CMCL-C793
Genre, it seems, is inescapable--as a category, tool, form of
discourse, and interpretive guide--for viewers, teachers, fans,
archivists, scholars, the industry, and the academy. This course
will examine certain classic statements about film genre, key
contemporary approaches to genre, and historical case studies of
individual genres. We'll also think some about Hollywood's other
favored multi-film formats: in the pre-World War II era, the serial
and the series and, more recently, the franchise. Our focus will be
primarily, though not exclusively, on how genre has been evoked,
theorized, historicized, and interpreted in film studies.