GSICCS Seminar

GSICCS Seminar for 2014-15

Course Description: Film studies seminar will in this semester focus on film criticism. Film criticism in general refers to the analysis and evaluation of films and is roughly divided into journalistic criticism that mainly appear in newspapers and popular journals, and academic criticism, which is published in scholarly and specialist periodicals. The primary aim of journalistic criticism is to provide the reader with information about the film that it reviews mainly through summarizing its plots and with the evaluation of its story, performance and film making. Academic criticism often backed by film theories scrutinizes not only the narrative of film but also it's formal features and effects. Throughout the semester, we are exploring the functions of both journalistic and academic criticisms by surveying principal trends of film criticism as well as individual film reviewers and critics, while trying to investigate national and cultural differences in film criticism.


Course Purpose: One of the aims of the seminar during this semester is to identify the functions of various film criticisms and critically examine them. Another aim is to find out whether there is any national and cultural variety in journalistic and academic criticism. In order to achieve these goals, we will widely read seminal texts of film reviews and criticisms and watch the films that are discussed in them. Each week a seminar student will make an oral presentation on a assigned piece of film criticism and the film that it takes up and we will also discuss the major issues it raises. I hope that we should become familiar with a variety of critical methods and approaches by the end of this semester, from which each student will find a suitable methodology for his/her research and dissertation.

Three Open Lectures on Italian Language and Culture

You are kindly invited to three open lectures given by three professors from University of Siena for Foreiners at the Small Okuma Auditorium on Thursday, November 6. The first lecture will begin at 2.45 and the last lecture will end approximately at 5.30. Here is the programme in case you don't have one.

Open Lecture: 'Shakespeare and the Prospect of Suicide', Bryan Reynolds, Chancellor's Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine,

You are kindly invited to the open lecture. Prof. Reynolds will talk about the topic of suiced in Shakespeare's plays and how to stage it. It will begin at 2.45 on Wednesday, November 5, for details, see the programme.

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Schedule for Autumn-Winter Semester 2014-15

Lecture Note for Introduction to International Culture and Communications Spring 2014

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GSICCS Seminar for 2013-14

The production of ideas, of conceptions, of consciousness, is at first directly interwoven with the
material activity and the material intercourse of men, the language of real life. Conceiving, thinking, the
mental intercourse of men, appear at this stage as the direct efflux of their material behaviour. The same
applies to mental production as expressed in the language of the politics, laws, morality, religion,
metaphusics of a people. Men are the producers of their conception, ideas, etc., real, active men, as they
are conditioned by a definite development of their productive forces and of the intercourse corresponding
to these, up to its furthest forms. Consciousness can never be anything else than conscious existence,
and the existence of men is their actual life-process. If in all ideology men and their circumstances appear
upside down as in a camera obscura, this phenomenon arises just as much from their historical life-process
as the inversion of objects on the retina does from their phusical life-process. Karl Marx, German Ideology

"Ideology has very little to do with 'consciousness' - it is profoundly unconscious." Louis Althusser

"Ideology 'acts' or 'functions' in such a way that it 'recruits' subjects among the individuals or 'tranforms'
the individuals into subjects by that very precise operation which I have called interpellation or hailing, and
which can be imagined along the lines of the most commonplace everyday police hailing: 'Hey, you there!"
-- Louis Althusser

"When we are shown scenes of starving children in Africa, whith a call for us to do something to help
them, the underlying ideological message is something like: 'Don't think, don't politicize, forget about the
true causes of their poverty, just act, contribute money, so that you will not have to think." Slavoj Zizek

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Schedule for the Autumn-Winter Term

BIBLIOGRAPHY

FILMOGRAPHY

READING MATERIALS

Camille Paglia, 'Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood's Pagan Queen'

Christian Metz, 'The Imaginary Signifier' , from The Imaginary Signifier: Psychoanalysis and the Cinema

Andrew Sarris, 'The Searchers,' Film Comment, 7.1 Spring, 1971: 58-61.
(http://search.proquest.com.ez.wul.waseda.ac.jp/results/BC11EA06B3584068PQ/1?accountid=14891)

Luc Moullet and Andre Bazin on Kurosawa's Living

Roger Ebert, The Last Temptation of Christ

John Roberts, 'Dogme 95, New Left Review, No. 238, 1999

Laura Mulvey, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema'

Raymond Williams, 'Ideology' from Keywords

Louis Althusser, 'Ideology and State Apparatuses' from Lenin and Philosophy

Norimasa Morita: 'The Colonialist Films of the Manchuko Film Association' from The Waseda Global Forum

Anon. 'John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln' from Cahiers du Cinema

Maureen Turim, 'Gentlemen Consume Blonds', from Movies and Methods

Gina Marchetti, 'The Rape Fantasy: from The Cheat and Broken Blossoms', Romance and the Yellow Peril

Zhang Yimou, The Road Home

Chao Ling, 'A City of Sadness: Historical Narrative and Modern Understanding of History'

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Lecture Note for Introduction to International Culture and Communication Studies