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HMSC 139 SC - The Essay Film, History and Theory


The essay film is a slippery form. It resists categorization and registers different ways of thinking about the world and one’s place in it; it typically blends documentary, experimental, and narrative elements into hybrid and subjective articulations. The course aims to combine theorizing the role of the “essayistic” and the formal analysis of the essay film, along with an informed sense of what the “essay” does. We explore the possible histories of the essay film and study the relationship among essays, the essayistic, and the essay film through a series of case studies. Readings include work by Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Michel de Montaigne, Hito Steyerl, and Theodor Adorno. Possible filmmakers include Dziga Vertov, Alexander Kluge, Chris Marker, John Akomfrah, Harun Farocki, Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, Agnès Varda, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Ja’Tovia Gary. Meets the Letters general education requirement.

Course Credit: 1.0
Offered: Occasionally


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