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Film & Television Studies: Ecopolitics & the Cinema

FTS 272 Z2 (CRN: 60915)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

For crosslists see: ENVS 295 Z1

About FTS 272 Z2

Advanced level investigations into the critical study of film and/or television. The topic will be the professor's choice. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FTS 121 and one of the following: FTS 007, FTS 008, FTS 009, FTS 010.


Adrian Ivakhiv ()


Dates: May 18 - June 12, 2015; Prereqs: FTS 007 or 008 or 009 or 010 and FTS 121; Cross listed with ENVS 295 Z1

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This seminar course will examine the intersections between films/filmmaking and ecological politics and philosophy. It will apply the tools of ecocritical cultural studies to cinematic practice and to representations of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Themes to be explored include the ecopolitics of Hollywood and its alternatives (including independent and experimental film), representations of landscape and national identity, film and sense of place, ecological utopias and dystopias, cinematic animals, energy and resource use, and eco-documentaries and protest movements. The summer semester?s course will be divided into 5 thematic sections as follows. Films listed are samples of the kinds of films we will watch and/or discuss. 1. LAND/TERRITORY: Earth (Dovzhenko, USSR, 1929), The Searchers (Ford, USA, 1956), Stalker (Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979), Daughters of the Dust (Dash, USA, 1991), Baraka (Fricke, USA, 1992), Spring Summer Fall Winter? and Spring (Ki-Duk, Korea, 2003) 2. LIFE/ANIMALITY: Wolfen (Wadleigh, USA, 1981), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki, Japan, 1984), Winged Migration (Perrin et al., France, 2001), Darwin?s Nightmare (Sauper, France/Austria/Belgium, 2004), Grizzly Man (Herzog, USA, 2005), The Cove (Psihoyos, USA, 2009), Blackfish (Cowperthwaite, USA, 2013) 3. RESOURCE/ENERGY: The Ister (Barison and Ross, USA/Germany/France, 2005), Manufactured Landscapes (Baichwal, Canada, 2006), Still Life (Zhang-Ke, China, 2006), Up the Yangtze (Chang, Canada, 2007), There Will Be Blood (Anderson, USA, 2007), Petropolis (Mettler, Canada, 2009), The Forgotten Space (Sekula & Burch, Netherlands, 2011) Musicwood (Grainger and Trump, USA, 2012) 4. FUTURE/APOCALYPSE: Soylent Green (Fleischer, USA, 1973), Lessons of Darkness (Herzog, Germany/France/UK, 1992), 12 Monkeys (Gilliam, USA, 1995), Children of Men (Cuaron, USA, 2007), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, USA, 2012), Chasing Ice (Orlowski, USA, 2012), Melancholia (Von Trier, Netherlands, UK, 2012), Snowpiercer (Joon-Ho, Korea, 2013) 5. ACTION/UTOPIA: For Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000 (Tanner, Switerland, 1975), The Gleaners and I (Varda, France, 2001), Avatar (Cameron, USA, 2009), Detropia (Ewing and Grady, USA, 2012), Night Moves (Reichardt, USA, 2013)

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The class will include daily screenings, readings, reaction papers and writing assignments, and a final term paper.


Attendance & participation 25% Reading and response journals 30% In-class quizzes 20% Term paper 25%


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