The global cinema minor, housed in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, offers an interdisciplinary minor in global cinema studies. This five-course minor enables students to explore the changing, global face of cinema in its aesthetic, economic,historical, linguistic, literary, and social contexts.
Students select a flexible, rigorous, and exciting course of study of the place of film within and across human cultures. The minor aims to provide undergraduates with grounding in the history of cinema’s development across the world as well as current trends and developments in global film production. The minor places a particular emphasis on the development of students’ critical judgment and written expression. Undergraduate students majoring in any academic unit are eligible.
New Course for Fall 2014:
Global Art Cinema
We are pleased to announce an exciting new film course to be offered next fall. This viewing-intensive course will explore the close connection between art cinema and popular cinema from the 1960s to the present, as witnessed in multiple cultures around the globe. More specifically, it will consider how art films have critically and creatively reimagined mainstream genres such as the psychological thriller, the Western, the musical, the noir crime film, the martial arts action film, melodrama, science fiction, horror, the war film, and the romantic comedy.
Contrary to the tendency to regard art cinema innovations as if they transcend the constraints of genre, this course will examine practices of borrowing and revision (both within and across cultures) that will give you insight into some of the cinematic medium’s most complex aesthetic and political experiments over the past five decades. The course will also take into account the major impact of technological advances on films that are situated at the global intersection of art cinema and popular cinema, from CG special effects to the use of high-definition digital video. Note that this is not a lecture-based course. Conceived as an academic version of a “film club,” its main purpose is to introduce you to a variety of groundbreaking films (you will watch two films in class each week), which you will discuss with classmates in recitation sections.
The films will be contexualized through introductory mini-lectures given by the professors as well as by guest speakers from different departments here at UNC. Writing assignments will include brief response papers. All readings will be in English.