Evolution of media technologies and practices beginning in the
19th Century as they relate to contemporary digital arts
practices. Special focus on the reconstruction of the social and
artistic possibilities of lost and obsolete media technologies.
An introduction to the intricate, inter-related strands of
media history since the Second World War, focusing on the rise of
the digital computer and network technology. First, in
Military/Industrial/Academic research centers during the Cold
War, and then across society in the last thirty years as it
spread from the office to the home to our hands. Lecture 3
Hours, Section 1.
What is the impact of movies around the world? Films are
international products with global audiences, and that’s how
we’ll study them in this class, from the very beginning of cinema
to World War Two. The spectrum of films viewed includes
silent films and sound films, black and white films and
color films, cartoons and live-action, made by Charlie
Chaplin, Walt Disney, and many other of the era’s great
filmmakers from the United States, France, Russia, China,
Mexico and elsewhere.
Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; film viewing—3 hours.
Analysis of film form and narrative, including cinematography,
editing, and sound. Issues in film studies, including authorship,
stardom, race, gender, class, and cultural identity. Includes
introduction to selected cinematic movements and national film
traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.
History of representations of vampires and horror generally from
the 19th through 21st centuries. Emphasis on transnational
history of the horror genre; psychologies of horror effects;
issues of race, gender, and class; intersections with prejudice,
medicine, modernity. (Same course as German 45.)