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G-LSUD3 AmLit388 Narrative in American Cinema and Culture

G-LSUD3 AmLit388 Narrative in American Cinema and Culture

Elective | Teaching hours: 3 | Credits: 3 | ECTS: 6

Description


In America, cinema was established as a narrative medium through the development of techniques that influenced not just the global film production but also the principles of narration in all audiovisual media that emerged ever since. Through the study of examples and film excerpts, this course aims to guide students to a broad understanding of the forms and functions of audiovisual narration as it has been developed through American cinema beyond the stereotypical conception of Hollywood narration. It thus juxtaposes classical with nonlinear narration in cinema through a close reading of various films, from Maya Deren’s innovative Meshes of the Afternoon to the films of David Lynch, the screenplays of Charlie Kaufman, and the blockbusters of Cristopher Nolan. It also challenges students to think of the future of narrative in a rapidly changing media landscape.

Keywords: narrative, narrativity, linear and non-linear narrative, complex narrative, early cinema,  expanded cinema

Course Assessment: Final written exam, or short essay and final written exam


Teaching

SemesterGroupDayFromToRoomInstructor
Winter Tuesday16:00 18:3001 í.đ. Poulaki Maria