Film Historiography
0.5 Credit

How do historians analyze and reconstruct the past for contemporary readers? What patterns of narrative characterize historical writing? Why are some histories entered into a discipline's canon while others remain marginalized? Such questions of historiography form the crux of this graduate seminar on how film history has been written from the 1970s through to today. We consider how film historians have appealed to rhetorical devices, including causation, objectivity, and narrative discourse,and examine controversies that have arisen in film historiography, such as the definition and scope of classical Hollywood cinema.

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