- Majors & Minors
- Writing I & II
- MA in English
- MFA Program
- Critical Questions
- Visiting Writers
Spring 2013 Courses
This course will concentrate on analyzing representations of sexuality in relation to difference, power and discrimination in contemporary Western cinema. Viewing films that represent a diversity of sexual vantage points in a variety of directorial styles, ENG220 participants will evaluate the construction of sexualities in contemporary film. Beginning with overtly heterocentric films, such as What Women Want (Nancy Meyers, 2000) and Fatal Attraction (Paul Verhoeven, 1992), students will learn to critically explore and evaluate typical and atypical representations of hetero- and homosexuality, queerness, sexual aggression and homophobia, transvestism, transsexualism and intersexuality as well as intersections of sexuality and discrimination in terms of age and race. Our exploration will be activated through student participation in research, writing, experiential exercise, group discussion forums and personal reflection.
This class focuses on post-ratings system Hollywood (1968-present). Of interest are the important films and filmmakers as well as important developments and changes in the movie industry.
Films screened for this class include:
-The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
-Mean Streets (Scorsese, 1973)
-Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
-The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973)
-Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
-Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
-JFK (Stone, 1991)
-Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1993)
-Fargo (Coen, 1996)
-The Big Lebowski (Coen, 1998)
-The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998)
-Fight Club (Fincher, 1999)
-Elephant (van Sant, 2003)
-The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2009)
This survey course will provide a systematic introduction to the arts and culture of Japanese animation. Examining the historical developments, artistic styles, major themes, subgenres and auteurs of Japanese anime under a wider trajectory of cultural globalization, this course will particularly focus on contextualizing the current forms and idioms of Japanese anime within the changing new media environment with the rise of computer technologies in a transnational arena. Screening titles include Astroboy, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Samurai Champloo, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bubblegum Crisis, FLCL, Revolutionary Girl Utena, My Neighbor Totoro, and so on.
Austrian Cinema II offers another look at four contemporary films from Austria. At this year's Oscars, two Austrians left with awards – for a reason, as we will see in this course that explores the unique style of films from the small country in the European Alps. Along with classroom discussions we will watch four films at the Darkside Cinema (including the Winner of the Foreign Language Feature Amour), have the opportunity to talk with an Austrian director who will come to Corvallis to screen her film, and also meet Holocaust survivor Ruth Kluger who stars in it. This class is taught in English. No prerequisites, no previous attendance of Austrian Cinema I necessary. Screenings are open to the public.
An advanced screenwriting workshop modeled after a Hollywood studio story department.
An introduction to the serious study of world cinema, 1895-1945. Class lectures will offer a variety of historical, critical and theoretical approaches. Weekly screenings of important films from the U.S., Europe, and Asia accompany the lectures. Film fee required. (H) (Bacc Core Course)
A formalist, ideological, and commercial investigation into contemporary American cinema. Three hours of lecture and separate screenings each week. Film fee required. Not offered every year. (H) (Bacc Core Course)
An interdisciplinary study of film, literary, and philosophical visions of the future. Three hours of lecture and separate screenings each week. Film fee required. Not offered every year. (H) (Bacc Core Course)
Particular cinematographers, movements, types, conventions, or problems in film. Topics change from term to term; see Schedule of Classes. Lecture and separate screenings each week. Film fee required. Not offered every year. (H) (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: Sophomore standing; 8 credits of ENG 200-level or above.
In this course, we will immerse ourselves as active participants in the Fifth International Film Festival. This one credit course is intended for students interested in new, recent, and award-winning films of world cinema that rarely make it to small markets such as Corvallis. Learn about the cultural background of each film within the environment of a real movie theater. Get a look behind the scenes of cinema, discuss with film directors, producers, and movie theater owners in hands-on workshops. View course flyer
In this course students will engage with the politics and activism of LGBTQ film festivals through film analysis, readings in film theory and history, and a hands-on project that challenges them to organize Corvallis's first Queer Film Festival at the Darkside Cinema. View course flyer