English 101 Section B21. Writing about Film
Movies have been an integral part of American culture throughout the twentieth century, and look set to continue to reflect and, in some ways, direct American culture well into the twenty-first century. By looking at specific American movies, this course will investigate the ways in which film has reflected, critiqued and even produced American cultural identity in the twentieth century. More importantly, we will investigate how learning the language of film can help us think about the role language plays in the production of creative and critical arguments: how studying the discourse of film might act as a model for relearning the art of argumentation. By reading film in this writerly fashion, we will learn to self-reflect upon the questions, challenges, and choices that make up the process of writing.