Credit only granted for: CMLT214, CMLT245, ENGL245, or FILM245.
Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.
Survey of the long and vibrant history of the American graphic novel, from its origins in newspapers, through the underground comix movement of the 1960s, to its present moment of cultural ascendency. Exploration of the representational possibilities of comics, the graphic novel, and graphic narrative more broadly as well as the history of its incorporation into high culture.
Introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien's best-known texts, "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," and beyond. Tolkien's source material, themes, and writing style; the mythology of Tolkien's world as found in his posthumously published works; exploration of some of Tolkien's lesser-known works, such as "Farmer Giles of Ham," Smith of Wooten Major," "The Fall of Arthur," "The Legend of Roverandom" and his essay on "Beowulf."