REVISED SYLLABUS---PHIL 446: Aesthetics and the Film

This revision covers the last three weeks of the course

April 13 [13-2-26] Issues about high art vs. mass audience, class, and the movies. Reading: Walter Benjamin, 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,' in B&C, pp. 731-51

April 18 [14-1-27] Cavell on automatisms, the possibilities of the film medium, modernism, and camera, self, and world. Reading: Stanley Cavell, The World Viewed, chaps. 12-19 (pp. 74-160).

APRIL 18: TAKE-HOME FINAL EXAM QUESTIONS DISTRIBUTED

April 20 [14-2-28] Extending, clarifying, and defending key claims of The World Viewed. Reading: Stanley Cavell, 'More of the World Viewed,' in The World Viewed, pp. 162-230. In-class film discussion: Renoir, La règle du jeu ('Rules of the Game') (1938)

April 25 [15-1-29] Does the male gaze inform film representation? Reading: Laura Mulvey, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,' in B&C, pp. 833-44; Naomi Scheman, 'Missing Mothers/Desiring Daughters: Framing the Sight of Women' in F&W pp. 89-108.

April 27 [15-2-30] Is racism or colonialism a matter of spectator point of view? Reading: Robert Stam and Louise Spence, 'Colonialism, Racism, and Representation: An Introduction,' in B&C, pp. 235-50; Manthia Diawara, 'Black Spectatorship: Problems of Identification and Resistance,' in B&C, pp. 845-53.

APRIL 27: FINAL DRAFT OF PAPER DUE BY END OF CLASS (10:45 a.m.)

Extra class meeting: Monday May 1: In-class discussion of Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and of Stone, Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut)(1994) [I will try to secure the same classroom (MHP 105) and time 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m, but watch for further announcements]

TAKE-HOME FINAL EXAM DUE TUESDAY MAY 2, NO LATER THAN 1:00 P.M.