Readings are on reserve at the P&CC.

Reference chapter to be read ASAP: Robert Kolker, “Formal Structures: How Films Tell Their Stories,” Film, form, and culture. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001, 18-63.


Note: changes were made the schedule on January 27, 2009. The schedule below reflects these changes.

Week 1
Jan 5/7:
Early Film: Mise-en-Scene and Magic
Screening: Early Film Programme
Tom Gunning, “The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde,” 1986, rpt. in Early Cinema: Space, Frame, Narrative, ed. Thomas Elsaesser. London: BFI, 1990, pp. 56-62.
Week 2
Jan 12/14:
Silent Film Comedy and the Vaudeville Stage
Robert Knopf, “Buster Keaton in the Context of Stage Vaudeville and Silent Film Comedy,” Theatre and Film, pp. 59-72.
Week 3
Jan 19/21:
Classical Film and The Musical Stage: Technology and Talent
Annette Kuhn, “The Classic Narrative System,” in The Cinema Book, ed. Pam Cook. London: British Film Institute, 1985, pp. 212-215.

Jane Feuer: “The Self-reflective Musical and the Myth of Entertainment,” Genre: The Musical, ed. Rick Altman, 1981, pp. 159-174.

Week 4
Jan 26/28:
Method Acting
Virginia Wright Wexman, “Masculinity in Crisis: Method Acting in Hollywood,” Movie Acting, The Film Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004, pp. 127-144.

David Krasner, “Strasberg, Adler and Meisner: Method Acting,” Twentieth Century Actor Training, ed. Alison Hodge. New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 129-147.

Week 5
Feb 2/4: No Class
ESSAY 1 DUE Friday February 6 by 3:45pm at the Drama Office
Week 6
Feb 9/11: Theatricality & Cinematic Theatre:
Amy Petersen Jensen, “The Mediatized Stage: Theatre, Visual Culture, and Presence,” Theatre in a Media Culture: Production, Performance and Perception since 1970. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2007, pp. 11-22.
Feb 16-20: Reading Week
Week 7
Feb 23/25:
Artistic Modernism
David Bordwell, “The Art Cinema as a Mode of Film Practice,” [1979], in Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, 5th ed., Ed. Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, pp. 716-24.

Samuel Beckett, Krapp’s Last Tape (1958) in I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On: A Samuel Beckett Reader. New York: Grove Press, 1994.

Week 8
Mar 2/4:

Acting on Stage and Screen
Special Guest Event
Note: Graham Abbey will be visiting class on Monday at 6:30pm, and there will be no Wednesday class this week.
Week 9
Mar 9/11: Narrtive Time and Memory
Harold Pinter, Betrayal (1978) London: Faber and Faber, 1991.
Week 10
Mar 16/18:
TV News and Solo Theatre: Anna Deavere Smith and the L.A. Riots
Ian Watson, “News, Television, and Performance: the Case of the Los Angeles Riots,” New Theatre Quarterly, 14:3 (Aug 1998), pp. 210-219.
Week 11
Mar 23/25:
Wendy Crewson visit
Special Guest Event
Recommended Reading: Perfect Pie by Judith Thompson (Toronto : Playwrights Canada Press, 2000). *Two copies of the play are on reserve at Stauffer.
Week 12
Mar 30/Apr 1:
New Media and Performance
See the Screenings Page – some of the videos have articles attached