Cultural Studies | Methods of Media Research
C701 | 17448 | Hawkins

R 4:00-6:30 PM C2 72
W 7:15-10:15 PM WY 015
Meets with CMCL-C 506 and AMST-G 620

This course is designed to help you navigate some of the intellectual
and structural problems that come up as you begin a research project
(like the dissertation) in media studies.  In the course of the
semester, we’ll be reading and hearing a variety of methodological
approaches to film, television and new media. We’ll also be looking at
the larger question of how to set up a doable research project (the
kinds of questions to ask yourself as you go into one and the kinds of
concerns you need to address in a proposal); how to incorporate and
apply theory; and how to use alternative formats—like electronic
media—in your work.

Readings will include: Jean-Paul Sartre: In Search of a Method; Linda
Williams, ed. Reinventing Film Studies; Linda Williams, Screening Sex;
David Kipen, The Schreiber Theory; Lynn Spigel, TV by Design; Purnima
Mankekar, Screening Culture, Viewing Politics; Stefan Andriopoulos,
Possessed: Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction and The Invention of
Cinema; Anna McCarthy, Ambient Television; Anne Friedberg, The Virtual
Window; Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media; James Morrisson, The
Cinema of Todd Hayes;  a recent issue of Black Camera: An
International Film Journal ; the online journal Vectors; and a
selection of xeroxed essays.

I am hoping to invite at least one speaker to campus, in conjunction
with the Film and Media Studies series.  I’ll also be inviting members
of the media faculty to come to class and briefly discuss the way they
negotiate thorny “methods” questions.

Finally, we’ll be watching a number of recent French films as part of
the class. These will be screened as part of the special Tournées
Women Directors series.  Films include : Claire Denis 35 Shots of Rum,
Karin Albou The Wedding Song; Catherine Breillat Bluebeard, Pascale
Ferran  Lady Chatterley, and Agnès Varda, Beaches of Agnès Varda.
Screenings will take place in the new IU Theater.
And I THINK the dates will be
March 5, 2011 Sat Women of International Cinema (French Films)
March 6, 2011 Sun Women of International Cinema (French Films)
March 19, 2011 Sat Women of International Cinema (French Films)
March 20, 2011 Sun Women of International Cinema (French Films)
April 3, 2011 Sun Women of International Cinema (French Films).
There will also be a screening of 1-2 episodes of Jean-Luc Godard’s
Histoires du cinéma

Written work will include 2 short (5-7page) papers and a sample grant

Fulfills one of the CMCL MA requirements.  Useful for anyone planning
to write a media dissertation or interested in the application of
media theory.