Communication and Culture | Writing Media Criticism
C306 | 12955 | Hawkins, J.

MTuWTh, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM, C2 100
Required film screening: MW, 4:00 PM-6:15 PM, FA 102

Fulfills College A&H Requirement
Carries College Intensive Writing Credit

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: C2 211
Phone: 855-1548

C306 offers an introduction to writing academic media criticism.
Throughout the course, we’ll be looking at formal analysis, as well
as auteur and genre theory, institutional and production criticism,
and nonprofessional fan-based criticism of film, television and new
media.  The class meets the Intensive Writing Requirement for COAS.

Screenings will include: Jacques Tourneur, Out of the Past (1947),
Carl Franklin, Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Kathryn Bigelow, Blue
Steel (1990), David Lynch, Lost Highway (1996), TV episodes from
Twin Peaks (1990), X-Files, and Star Trek,  Nobuhiko Obayashi’s
House (1977), and  Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko (2002).

Written work includes one short paper, a take-home midterm,  a 10-12
page paper (which must be completely revised at least once), and a
final exam.

Required texts,
Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing About Film
Geoff King, Donnie Darko (Wallflower Press)
David Vise, The Google Story