Communication and Culture | Authorship in the Media (Topic: Hollywood’s Dark Knight: The Films of Tim Burton)
C326 | 12549 | Coon, D.

Summer Session II
This class will not meet the entire session but only from June 13th
through July 25th

MTuWThF, 10:30 AM-11:35 PM, C2 100

Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: David Coon
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 248
Phone: 856-2365

Course Description

Tim Burton is one of Hollywood’s biggest contradictions.  His use of
grotesque and ghastly imagery, his focus on heroes who are social
outcasts, and his fondness for genres that are outdated or simply
out of fashion would seem to qualify him as the ultimate cult
director.  And yet he has achieved such mainstream success that his
name serves as a key marketing device for each film he releases.

This course will investigate the creative work of Tim Burton by
taking a close look at such aspects as visual style, themes and
motifs, marketing and merchandising, reactions of audiences and
critics, narrative forms and genres, and Burton’s continual
collaborations with other artists such as Johnny Depp and Danny

Students will write a series of short papers and essay exams, which
will allow them to offer their own critical analysis of Burton’s
work and its place in our media culture.

Required Texts

-McMahan, Alison, The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in

-Additional articles available through E-Reserve

-We will screen two complete films during class time, and all films
will be available on reserve at the Wells Library.  Additional
voluntary screenings may be added, based on student interest.
Before or during the class, students should familiarize themselves
with most of Burton’s films: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice,
Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before
Christmas, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the
Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton’s
Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd.