Spring 2015


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Prerequisite Core Non-Industrial | Multicultural |
Pre-1950s | Senior Seminar | Electives Graduate (GIS)


English 2263 Introduction to Film

Introduction to methods of reading film texts by analyzing cinema as technique, as system, and as cultural product.
Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 263. GE VPA course. Register for the lecture section and *one* of the recitations

  • Lecture: 18491 Meets: T Th 12:45-2:05 pm Sullivant Hall 0220  Instructor: Jon Erickson
  • Recitation: 18492 Meets: F 12:40-1:35 pm McPherson Hall 1041 Instructor: Staff
  • Recitation: 18493 Meets: F 12:40-1:35 pm Baker Systems 0394 Instructor: Staff
  • Recitation: 18494 Meets: F 1:50-2:45 pm Bolz Hall 0311 Instructor: Staff
  • Recitation: 18495 Meets: F 1:50-2:45 pm Caldwell Lab 0171 Instructor: Staff
  • Recitation: 30888 Meets: F 12:40-1:35 pm University Hall 0038 Instructor: Staff
  • Recitation: 30889 Meets: F 1:50-2:45 pm University Hall 0038 Instructor: Staff


History of Art 2901 Intro to World Cinema

Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 260. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.

  • Lecture: 19190 Meets: T Th 9:35-10:55 am Stillman Hall 0100 Instructor: Kristina Paulsen
  • Lecture: 19191 Meets: T Th 5:30-6:50 pm Jennings Hall 0155 Instructor: Staff

Film Studies 2271 Introduction to Film Studies for Majors

An introduction to the field of Film Studies based on a survey of the major theories of film analysis, specifically geared for incoming majors.
Prereq: English 2263 (263), or HistArt 2901 (260). Not open to students with credit for 2270 (270). Ge VPA course.

  • Lecture: 26082 Meets: T Th 11:10-12:30 pm Hagerty Hall 0062 Instructor: Jane Greene

Non-Industrial (or elective)

History of Art 5645 Video Art

Introduces students to video as an artistic medium by studying its contentious past, multiple forms, and the trajectories of this expanding field.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 640.

  • Lecture: 31805, 31806 Meets: T Th 2:20-3:40 pm Journalism Building 0375; Instructor: Kristina Paulsen

Multicultural (or elective)

Chinese 4405 China in Chinese Film

An overview of Chinese cinema, with a focus on how film represents issues of nationhood, national identity, and national trauma. Taught in English, no Chinese required.
Prereq: English 1110 or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 505. GE VPA and diversity global studies course. Note the different meeting times and days.

  • Lecture: 30228 Meets: M 2:15-5:00 pm Mendenhall Lab 0125 | W 2:20-3:40 pm Journalism Building 0375 Instructor: Kirk Denton

History of Art 3901 World Cinema Today

An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content.
Prereq: Soph standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 350. GE VPA course.

  • Lecture: 19192 Meets: W F 2:20-3:40 pm Sullivant Hall 0220 Instructor: Staff
  • Lecutre: 19198 Meets: T R 5:30-6:50 pm Hitchcock Hall 0031 Instructor: Staff

Russian 3460 Modern Russian Experience Through Film

Exploration of some of the most revealing hopes and disappointments of Russian people presented in internationally acclaimed Russian films. Taught in English.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 360. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.

  • Lecture: 23634 Meets: T Th 2:20-3:40 pm Mendenhall Lab 0173 Instructor: Helena Goscilo
  • Lecture: 23635 Meets: W F 11:10-12:30 pm Arps Hall 0387 Instructor: Dzhamilya Nazyrova
  • Lecture: 26788 Meets: T Th 3:55-5:15 pm Campbell Hall 0209 Instructor: Staff

Slavic 3360 Screening Minorities: Representations of the Other in Slavic Film

Film representations of ethnic and religious others in East European cinema.  Taught in English.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 360. GE VPA course.

  • Lecture: 23663 Meets: W F 11:10-12:30 pm Mendenhall Lab 129 Instructor: Izolda Wolski-Moskoff

Pre-1950s (or elective)

Film Studies 4640 Studies in Cinema History

An upper-level course on aspects of film history geared toward film studies majors.
Prereq: 2270 or 2271, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.

  • Lecture: 30188 Meets: T Th 12:45-2:05 pm Hagerty Hall 0062 Instructor: Jane Greene
    • Topic: American Film Genres: Comedy and Horror. This course examines two major genres in the American film industry from a historical perspective, tracking how they have changed over time by considering aesthetic, cultural, and institutional factors that have influenced their development. The course also looks at several important theoretical accounts of film genre and emotion. Students gain an in-depth understanding of these genres, the way they function in the American film industry and society, and how they aim to produce the effects of laughter and horror.

French 5702 Studies in French Cinema

*One-time exception for Pre-1950s credit*
Study of the history and aesthetics of French cinema. Taught in English.
Prereq: 10 qtr cr hrs or 6 sem cr hrs in Literature and/or Cinema taken at the 2000 (200) level, or permission of instructor; or Grad standing, and permission of the Graduate Studies Chair in consultation with student’s advisor. Not open to students with credit for 672. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. Note the different meeting times and days.

  • Lecture: 18742, 18743 Meets: M 5:20-7:25 pm Jennings Hall 0001 | W F 2:20-3:40 pm Hagerty Hall 0042 Instructor: Margaret Flinn

German 3351 Democracy, Fascism and German Culture

Culture of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany in literature, film, the other arts; the roots of fascism and its echoes in postwar Germany. Taught in English.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 299. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.

  • Lecture: 29947 Meets: T Th 8:00-9:20 am Mendenhall Lab 0125 Instructor: John Davidson

Japanese 4400 Japanese Film and Visual Media

An overview of Japanese cinema and visual media, with a focus on genre: canonical and popular works of anime, yakuza film, historical/samurai film, comedies, and documentaries. Taught in English, no Japanese required.

  • Lecture: 25825 Meets: T Th 3:55-5:15 pm Mendenhall Lab 0131 Instructor: Kerim Yasar

Senior Seminar (can be repeated as elective)

Film Studies 4580 Studies in a Major Director (SP15 Only)

Prereq: 2271. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hours.

  • Seminar: 18699 Meets: T Th 2:20-3:40 pm Journalism Building 0239 Instructor: Laura Podalsky
    • Topic: This course will analyze the professional and artistic trajectory of directors who have worked or currently work in several different industrial/cultural contexts. Luis Buñuel and Guillermo del Toro will serve as our main case studies; both (have) made films in at least 3 different industries/cultural contexts and have produced both art and commercial cinema. The course will look at Buñuel's early avant-garde pieces and documentaries made in France and Spain (Un Chien AndalouLas Hurdes); as well as his films in Mexico - both those that play with melodramatic conventions (SusanaEl) and others generally understood as art cinema (El Angel exterminador / The Exterminating Angel); before turning to his latter work in France. As a point of comparison, we will examine del Toro's first horror film (Cronos) made in Mexico and then his later work in Hollywood (MimicBlade II, the Hellboy films) and Spain (El espinazo del diable, El laberinto del fauno).
      In tracing the careers of these directors, the course will examine how different industrial and cultural contexts shape (or do not shape) the work of particular artists. In comparing Buñuel and del Toro, we will also be looking at directorial journeys in two different time periods (1930s-1970s; 1990s-2010s) and, consequently, will consider how the global film industry has changed over time.
      Throughout the course, we will be reading about how various critics and scholars have conceptualized the auteur and the question of authorship at different historical moments. This will allow us to examine how these theories have changed over time. More particularly, we will use our case studies to interrogate the potential usefulness and limitations of different critical tendencies.

English 4578H Special Topics in Film (SP15 Only)

Examination of particular topics, themes, genres, or movements in cinema; topics may include particular directors (Orson Welles), periods (The Sixties), genres (horror).
Prereq: 10 qtr cr hrs or 6 cr hrs of English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor. 5 qtr cr hrs in 367 or 3 cr hrs in 2367 in any subject is acceptable towards the 6 cr hrs. Not open to students with 15 qtr cr hrs for 578 or 9 sem cr hrs for 4578 or 4578H. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. Please check buckeyelink.com and english.osu.edu for course topics.

  • Seminar: 31669 Meets: T Th 12:45-2:05 pm Smith Lab 3082 Instructor: Ryan Friedman
    • Topic: Imagining the Nation in American Popular Cinema. This course explores the historical links between the American cinema - as represented by films that were widely viewed at the time of their release - and U.S. nationalism. Moving chronologically from cinema's first decades through the 1990s, we will examine the shifting ways in which films represent the nation, "the people," and the idea of American culture. We will consider how various strains of nationalism have conditioned what we call "American cinema" and how cinema as a representational technology has, in turn, shaped understandings of the nation/its people. In addition to studying the historical development of film style and technology, we will take a critical look at nationalism and the various ideologies of race, gender, history, and territory that supports it.

Electives (see categories above for more elective options)

Comparative Studies 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art

Relationships between film and literature; emergence of cinematic art as a form of representation with emphasis on diverse cultural traditions.
Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 3607H (358H, 358). GE VPA and diversity global studies course.

  • Lecture: 16714 Meets: M W F 11:30-12:25 pm Hagerty Hall 0062 Instructor: Staff
    • Class note: Please go to comparativestudies.osu.edu/courses to see a detailed description of this class.

English 4578 Special Topics in Film

Examination of particular topics, themes, genres, or movements in cinema; topics may include particular directors (Orson Welles), periods (The Sixties), genres (horror).
Prereq: 10 qtr cr hrs or 6 cr hrs of English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor. 5 qtr cr hrs in 367 or 3 cr hrs in 2367 in any subject is acceptable towards the 6 cr hrs. Not open to students with 15 qtr cr hrs for 578 or 9 sem cr hrs for 4578 or 4578H. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. Please check buckeyelink.com and english.osu.edu for course topics.

  • Lecture: 18550 Meets: T Th 12:45-2:05 pm McPherson Lab 1040 Instructor: Mark Conroy
    • Topic for this section (18550): The New Hollywood in the Kael Era - The seventies and perhapds the early eighties saw an upsurge in movies, American in origin and ostensibly commercial in intention, which did not behave the way commercial film had previously been known to do. The director was often more central to the conception, and at times even the publicity, for these pictures than were the stars; the style and tone often bore a suspicious similarity to those of European cinema; and the endings were not invariably happy. By the mid-eighties the studios had reinstated a regime of predictability to a large extent; but in that intervening period there was more than the usual amount of ferment in moviemaking, during the so-called "New Hollywood" phase. Its muse, more than any other, was probably the critic Pauline Kael: the last film critic to whom influence over films or their audience could plausibly be ascribed. The course shows how the two grew up, and in many ways were outgrown, together. For Pauline Kael's fortunes and those of the New Hollywood had an eerie way of waxing and waning along with each other. We chart this interweaving of interpretation and creativity by typically discussing the first the film of the week, then her review of that film, while also indicating how the history of the film of that period was affected by both.
      Readings and showings: The sole required text for this course is The Age of Movies, ed. Schwartz, which is the Library of America compilation of Kael reviews and thought pieces. This will be supplemented by some reviews put onto Carmen. The films would proceed somewhat along these lines: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, The Godfather, Part II, Chinatown, Nashville, Jaws, Annie Hall, Carrie, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Blue Velvet. Such a list is not final, only suggestive.
      Duties: Two exams, a midterm and a final; perhaps a short (4-pp.) paper reacting to a Kael film review; some quizzes; and class participation.

French 2801 Classics of French Cinema

Introduction to the study of the cinema and to French film classics. Students will explore cinema as an art form, the social and cultural history of France as it relates to the cinema, and the qualities taht make individual films cinematic masterpieces. Taught in English. GE VPA Course

Note the different meeting times and days.

  • Lecture: 31463 Meets: M 3:00-5:05 pm Psychology Building 0002 | W F 11:30-12:25 pm Journalism Building 0300 Instructor: Margaret Flinn

French 3701 Introduction to French Cinema

Introduction to the study of French cinema, French film history and the art of the cinema.
Prereq: 3101 (401). Not open to students with credit for 470. Note the different meeting times and days.

  • Lecture: 31462 Meets: M 11:30-1:30 pm | T Th 9:35-10:55 am University Hall 0051 Instructor: Staff

Spanish 4580 Latin American Film

Study of Latin American film; special attention is paid to the relationship between film and the society in which it is produced.
Prereq: A grade of C- or above in 3450 (450) or 3450H (450H). Not open to students with credit for 581. FL Admis Cond course.

  • Lecture: 24040 Meets: T Th 5:30-6:50 pm Mendenhall Lab 0174 Instructor: Laura Podalsky

Spanish 4581 Spanish Film

Study of Spanish film; special attention is paid to the relationship between film and the society in which it is produced.
Prereq: A grade of C- or above in 3450 (450) or 3450H (450H). Not open to students with credit for 581. FL Admis Cond course.

  • Lecture: 26286 Meets: W F 9:35-10:55 am Hagerty Hall 0062 Instructor: Elizabeth Davis

WGSS 3317  Hollywood, Women, and Film

A critical survey of the rep. of women in Hollywood cinema, examples drawn from the 1930's to present. Learn how film has functioned in its representation of women and how and why women film makers have created alternative visions of women in film.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 317. GE VPA course.

  • Lecture: 24707 Meets: T Th 3:55-5:15 pm University Hall 0051 Instructor: Erin Tobin
  • Lecture: 24708 Meets: T Th 9:35-10:55 am Dreese Lab 0317 Instructor: Taneem Husain
  • Lecture: 31417 Meets: W F 11:10-12:30pm University Hall 0051 Instructor: Denise Fuller

Minor Only Courses

English 3378 Special Topics in Film and Literature

Focuses on the relationship between film and literature; topics may include adaptation, cross-media themes and modes, influence of cinema on literature and vice versa.
Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with 10 qtr cr hrs on 378. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hrs. GE cultures and ideas course.

  • Lecture: 18525 Meets: W F 9:35-10:55 am Denney Hall 0238 Instructor: Elizabeth Hewitt
    • Topic for this section (18525): Money in Film and Literature - The familiar fairytale of American Hollywood follows the equally familiar story of American self-mastery: a couple of enterprising and tenacious immigrants strike out for the West with just a dream and a few dollars and erect a multi-billion dollar cultural industry. It is no wonder, then, that Hollywood films like to rehearse this plot so frequently. Beginning with the decades associated with the American robber barons, this course will study some of the major novels and films that tell stories about capitalism, its pleasures, its excesses, and its victims. The novels we will read might include Frank Norris's McTeague, William Dean Howell's The Rise of Silas Lapham, Edith Wharton's House of Mirth, John Dos Passos's The Big Money, Richard Power's Gain, James Cain's Mildred Pierce, and Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Likely films will include: Greed, Citizen Kane, Imitation of Life, Chinatown, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Course responsibilities include regular attendance and quizzes, 2 essays, and a final examination.

Graduate (GIS) Courses

English 7878.01/.02 Seminar in Film and Media Studies

An intensive study of selected issues, themes, and forms in Film and Media Studies.

Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with 10 qtr cr hrs for 878 or 6 sem cr hrs for 7878.01 or 7878.02. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.

  • Seminar: 30917 & 30918 Meets: W 9:10-12:10 pm Denney Hall 0435 Instructor: Sean O'Sullivan
    • Topic: Film, Television, Narrative and Seriality - Television and film have supposedly been converging, over the last decade. But their history, as moving-picture serial narratives, has been entwined for much longer. What do we mean by "television," and what do we mean by "film," as narrative, aesthetic, and cultural practices? Why have so many landmark works, originally produced for the small screen, been re-appropriated (by artists and critics alike) as cinema? A recurring subject for the class will be the tension between the episodic and the serial-between individual aesthetic experiences and sprawling fictional universes. We will examine a selection of television series, and a range of films, to consider how serial storytelling, art, and style have operated within each medium, and between media, examining the complicated intersections of several fields and issues: film studies, narratology, literature, media studies, visual culture, and the segmented organization of experience.

Film Studies 7001 Advanced Theory Seminar: Methods and Applications

A theory and methods seminar which focuses on one scholarly approach to cinema. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.

  • Seminar: 30199 Meets: T Th 2:20-5:15 pm University Hall 0286A Instructor: Linda Mizejewski
    • ​Topic: Feminist Film Theory - This is an overview of feminist film theory since its inception in psychoanalysis through its current focus on cultural studies, race, ethnicity, and sexualities. In addition to readings on spectatorship, genre, stardom, and feminist auteurs, this course will cover Williams, Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White; Ovalle, Dance and the Hollywood Latina; and Keeling, The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. L. Mizejewski, mizejewski.1@osu.edu

German 8400 Seminar in Film, Visual Culture and the Performing Arts

Advanced graduate seminar allowing to broaden their engagement with non-literary culture based in German-speaking texts and to conduct research into targeted areas of interest.

Prereq: 6200, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs. Admis Cond course.

  • Seminar: 25707 Meets: T Th 3:30-6:18 pm Hagerty Hall 0488 Instructor: John Davidson

​Italian 8243 A Seminar in Italian Cinema: New Research Trends in Italian Screen Studies

Detailed exploration and analysis of selected topics in Italian cinema.

Prereq: Doctorial and MA candidates, or qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. FL Admis Cond course.

  • Seminar: 32212 Meets M 9:00-11:45 am Hagerty Hall 0145 Instructor: Dana Renga
    • Over the last ten years, Italian screen studies has flourished. This seminar is interested in taking stock of the discipline, considering what changes we have seen over the last decade, asking where we are now, and reflecting on where we might be headed. To this end, this course includes Skype sessions with ten scholars working on cutting edge topics in Italian screen studies to include silent film, fascist colonial cinema, neorealism, star studies, popular cinema (the cinepanettone and the western), teen film, contemporary comedy, serial television, new queer cinema, migration cinema, and mafia cinema. Conducted in English. Open to qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor (renga.1@osu.edu)

Courses Outside the Major of Interest for Film Studies Majors

Film Studies 4880 Screenwriting and the Business of Cinema

This course examines screenwriting as both a literary art form and a challenging profession.
Prereq: Theatre 5331 (636), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 680.

  • Lecture: 18695 Meets: W F 9:35-10:55 am Scott Lab E0103 Instructor: Andrew Rose

Film Studies 4890 Advanced Screenwriting

An intensive writing course in which each student completes a feature-length screenplay based on work previously completed in Film Studies 680 or Film Studies 4880.
Prereq: 4880 (680), and permission of director. Not open to students with credit for 690.

  • Seminar: 32279 Meets: M 3:00-5:45 pm Denney Hall 0268 Instructor: Angus Fletcher

Film Studies 5194 Group Studies - TV Writing and the Business of Television

Television writing from both a creative and business perspective. Students learn the various formats for TV-show scripts and pitches, and how they differ from feature film. Additionally, students will briefly study American television history. One-time offering for graduate or undergraduate credit in Film Studies. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 3 completions.
This is a new course offering. If you are interested, please contact the Film Studies office at filmstudies@osu.edu

  • Lecture: 32563 (UGRD) 32564 (GRD) Meets: W F 11:10-12:30 pm Hagerty Hall 0186 Instructor: Andrew Rose

Film Studies 5600 Theory and Practice

Prereq: 2271, 2270, or 270. Instructor consent required. Email the instructor or Film Studies Program to obtain enrollment permission. This course counts as part of the focus area only.

  • Lecture: 32756, 32757 Meets: T R 11:10-12:30 pm Sullivant Hall 0343 Instructor: Mitchell Rose
    • Topic: Filmmaking - Hitchcock said that silent films were “the purest form of cinema” and that filmmakers “should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.” This is a class in making short films from that perspective—new silent movies (or at least dialogue-limited movies) that are poetic, conceptual... that explore the nontraditional narrative. Class participants will explore film grammar, experimental narrative and structure, and contemporary/historical context through hands-on creative work, classroom viewings and discussion, and readings. Participants will learn camera use, storyboarding, Final Cut Pro X editing, and will work towards producing a final short film, as well as several smaller film projects.
    • The class, intended for those who already have filmmaking or media-creating experience, will embrace the no-budget school of independent filmmaking, creating work will little more than a consumer camera or smartphone... but with ample imagination and a passion for the moving image.
    • The class will meet in the Media Lab in the Department of Dance where there are iMac workstations with Final Cut Pro X.  But students must provide their own camera and hard drive.
    • Camera: A consumer video camera can be used, as can a smartphone that has sufficient memory. A tripod is highly recommended. If using a smartphone, a student should get a GorillaPod or similar device to hold the smartphone and/or attach it to a standard tripod.
    • Hard Drives: Students will store their media and class materials on a portable hard drive. Video editing demands a very fast data stream from a hard drive. You need a hard drive that has these specs: • USB 3.0 • disk rotation speed of 7200rpm
  • Lecture meeting time and location TBA. Continue to check Buckeyelink for details.