Dr. Jan Carpenter presented at the Association of Middle Level Education national conference in Minneapolis in November 2013.
CMS 205 A or CCM 205A
Introduction to Media Studies
Thursdays, 6:30–9:15 pm
This course introduces students to the field of media studies and surveys the major areas of focus in the contemporary study of media and culture. Topics covered include societal influence of media technologies from print to the Internet, development of major media industries such as television, film, and journalism, and the social, political, and economic contexts of media production and consumption. Students will be introduced to key media theorists and researchers and will gain practice analyzing media texts.
There are no required books to buy for this class. All of the readings will be available in PDF format on the class Moodle site.
There is one required film we will watch for the class: *Medium Cool, directed by Haskell Wexler, 1969. Medium Cool is on reserve at Shoen Library. It is also available through inter‐library loan (Summit), the Multnomah, Clackamas & Washington County library systems, and Netflix (DVD).
CMS 307 E or CCM 368
Online, 1/6 - 3/23
Digital technologies, such as blogs, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, are shifting the media landscape in transformative ways. Where at one time most of us were primarily or even exclusively consumers of media, digital technology has allowed many of us to become creators of media. In this course we will blend theory and practice to collectively examine how these changes are giving us opportunities as digital citizens to influence public discourse.
Gillmor, Dan. Mediactive. LuLu.com, 2010.
Note: The Mediactive text is available for free as a PDF you can download.
*Please also note the Marylhurst bookstore will not be stocking Mediactive.
*Additional required articles and supplementary resources are provided on the course website.
CMS 325 E
Political Criticism in Film
Online, 1/6 - 3/23
This course introduces students to political criticism in film. Political criticism is concerned with examining the social and material conditions of people's lives. Further, political criticism goes beyond mere social awareness to explore the deeper structures that shape and are shaped by culture and ideology. We will examine a number of films that interrogate and investigate various cultural and ideological currents such as gender construction, American politics, global capitalism, globalization, consumerism, class disparities, commodification and exploitation of bodies, dystopian anxieties, and the powerful influence of media discourse. Not only does our selection of films "interrogate and investigate," but these are films that give spectators a renewed sense of agency and praxis, offering ways out of our current political malaise. This course will be invaluable for anyone trying to understand the current dystopian impulses and anxieties that seem to permeate our societal landscape. Films screened include It's a Wonderful Life, V for Vendetta, The Truman Show, and American Psycho.
Course Packet (will be mailed out to students after term has started).
CMS 331 A
Celtic Cultures: Society, History and Literature
Fri/Sat/Sun; January 24, 25, 26; (9am-5pm)
"Celtic", wrote J.R.R. Tolkien, "is a magic bag, into which anything may be put, and out of which almost anything may come...Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight". As archaeological, linguistic and literary scholarship has advanced over the past century, many previous notions about the Celts, their origins, their culture, and their society have been revised or even overturned. In the process, the bag may have become less magical, but as our knowledge and understanding grows, the Celts and what has become of them grow ever more fascinating. In this class we will explore the Celtic past, read original Irish and Welsh texts which give us insights into Celtic culture and society, learn about the Celtic languages, religious belief systems, and finally look at the modern descendants of the original Celtic cultures and what they have preserved of the past.
- The Celts: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe, Oxford University Press, (2003)
- The Mabinogion (Oxford World's Classics) by Sioned Davies, Oxford University Press, (2007)
- Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends by Marie Heaney, Faber & Faber, (1995)
*Your instructor will provide supplementary handouts in class.
CMS 355 E
Animal Rights, Politics, and the Environment
Online, 1/6 - 3/23
Honor P. Vallor
Theoretically, an investigation of animal rights involves a lively discussion of sentience,
suffering, & sustainability vis-à-vis factory farming, illicit trade of exotics &
poached animal parts, human health, & dietary concerns. It also situates it within
the domain of advancing theories of what beings are deserving of rights in the continuum
from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the yet-to-be-ratified Equal Rights Amendment to
guarantee women's rights, proposed establishment of Gay Rights, the pending Great
Ape Protection Act of 2009 to general Animal Rights as proposed by Peter Singer in
his formative book of 1975, Animal Liberation.
Socio-politically, factory farming, poaching of bushmeat & illicit trade of animal parts all contribute to environmental degradation, global hunger, & transmission of diseases. Varied cultural beliefs & practices as well as agribusiness determine global patterns of food production, distribution, & consumption that influence global hunger. Agribusiness uses toxic chemicals & Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to increase crop yields, while the production of livestock & cattle crops involves enormous expenditures of fossil fuels & water resources. In this course, you will discover the technical pros & cons of animal rights, & that non-human animals can express compassion & altruism, remorse & guilt; consider the value to humans of prosthetic legs for horses; & learn about virtual reality dissection modules that the majority of veterinary colleges & medical teaching universities use to supersede the need for vivisection.
- Goodall, Jane and Bekoff, Marc. The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love. New York: HarperOne/Harper Collins, 2002. ISBN 10: 0062517570; ISBN-13: 978-0062517579.
- Neme, Laurel A. Animal Investigators: How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab
Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species. New York: Scribner/Simon & Schuster,
- Singer, Peter, Ed. In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd. 2006. ISBN 1-4051-1941-1
- Haraway, Donna. When Species Meet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
ISBN-10: 0816650462; ISBN-13: 978-0816650460
- Hacker, Diana. A Writer's Reference. 5th ed. Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999. ISBN: 0-312-26037-7
CMS384 E or LIT 384E
Modernism and the Subject in Crisis: Gender, Language & the Politics of Style
Online, 1/6 - 3/23
Dr. Perrin Kerns
It is not possible to study Modern literature or the literary period from 1890-1945 without also spending time thinking about the changes that were taking place in science, technology, economics, politics, and popular culture. In this class, we will want to frame our reading of the Modernist writers with an understanding of the radical shifts in all these areas that created new ways of thinking about space, time, gender, race, faith, and especially the mediating relationship of language to "reality" and "truth." In response to these changes, Modernist writers undertook experiments with language and form that challenged what they perceived to be dead tropes. They, in some cases, were intentionally trying to disrupt the reader's sense of "meaning making." The Modernists, as T.S.Eliot said, were seeking to "dislocate" language, creating an experience of de-familiarization for their reader. Thus, many of the texts we read this term are difficult reads. I only ask that you open yourself up to the difficulty. You can complain, you can claim to hate some of these writers, but ultimately if you give these texts the time they deserve you will find it well worth it.
- Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf ISBN-13: 978-0156628709
- In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway ISBN-13: 978-0684822761
- Tender Buttons, by Gertrude Stein ISBN-13: 978-0486298979
- Cane, Jean Toomer ISBN-13: 978-0871401519
- Trilogy, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) ISBN-13: 978-0811213998
- The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot
- Six Characters in Search of an Author, Pirandello ISBN-13: 978-0413772688
- A Moveable Feast, Hemingway.
- A Writer's Reference, Diane Hacker
- Multiple online texts that I will ask you to read during the course of the term.
David Denny & John Urang
The Senior Thesis is the required capstone course for majors in Cultural Studies. We will work together as a group of writers and scholars who support each other through the research and writing process. The endpoint of the course will be a research essay created through peer review, intensive work in class, individual writing and research, and one-on-one conferences.
History of Film
Fri/Sat; 1/10, 11 & 1/24, 25 & 2/7, 8
Times: (Fridays, 6:30-9:15pm; Saturdays, 11am-6pm)
Robert M. Sitton, Ph.D.
The history of film is an ongoing, international dialogue among filmmakers communicating through the medium of moving images. At its core is the question, "What is film?" and in the answers lie a variety of styles and approaches to a developing art form, one which has been called the "liveliest". This course is an exploration of those styles and approaches. In particular, we will concentrate on nine phases in the history of film between 1898 and 1970: cinema pre-history, D.W. Griffith and the development of film technique, Soviet montage theory, early documentary, German Expressionism, French Realism, Italian Neo-realism, film noir, and the French New Wave. By studying and writing about the milestones of film history, we may become more fully conversant with the nature and aesthetics of film today.
The overall goal of this course is to hone one's skills as an observer and writer about films, to understand films in terms of their historical and aesthetic contexts, and to develop an appreciation of the various ways motion pictures can be analyzed and understood.
- David A. Cook, A History of Narrative Film (1996), the most comprehensive review of the history of film in print.
- Ephraim Katz, The Film Encyclopedia (1998), an indispensable research tool.
SPH 463A or LIT 463A or INT 563A
Violence and Representation
From Auschwitz and Hiroshima, to the Los Angeles riots and Columbine, to September 11 (9/11) and the war in Iraq, all the way to the Arab Spring and Sandy Hook, the past century has been marked by extreme and diverse events of violence. This course will take a critical look at the "gap" existing between the event of these singular disasters and the way they have been represented and historicized – that is, the way they have been named and used. The approach of the course will consider the relation between violence and representation from a historical, literary, and philosophical perspective. Specifically we will investigate such concepts as law, sovereignty, desire, guilt, sacrifice, discipline, punishment, trauma, and Biopolitics. Though we can and will discuss the events mentioned above, as well as other current events, our interest will be more focused on the tracing of a particular question and problem: namely, the relation between an event or a thing (a thing in itself) and that event or thing named. We will read a Greek Tragedy, short stories from Kleist and Kafka, Walter Benjamin on divine violence, Rene Girard on sacrifice, Foucault on the disappearance of torture and the birth of the prison, Julia Kristeva on the effect of horror, Judith Butler on biopolitics and precarious life, and Slavoj Zizek on the different modes and expressions of violence. We may also read a contemporary piece of fiction and watch a film. By the end of the term we will have developed a much more nuanced and complex understanding of violence, and, in turn, a better awareness of the political and economic stakes that both mitigate and encourage violence.
- Slavoj Zizek, Violence, (Picador: New York, 2008)
- Sophocles, Antigone, https://www.msu.edu/~tyrrell/antigone.pdf
- Rene Girard, Violence and the Sacred, (Continuum: London and New York, 1972)
- Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality, (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
- Franz Kafka, The Complete Stories, (Shocken Books: New York, 1971)
- Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, (Pantheon, 1984)
- Mon Amour Hiroshima (1959), dir. Alain Resnais; writer Marguerite Duras
- Judith Butler, Precarious Life, The Powers of Mourning and Violence, (Verso, London and New York, 2004)
- Bernard Stiegler, Acting Out, (Stanford University Press, 2008)