Film Studies

ENGL 6750/7750

Fall 2010 | PH 327

Time: M 600-900


Dr. David Lavery

Office: PH 372 | Office Hours: Office Hours:  M: 205-400; T, TH: 300-420; other times by arrangement | E-mail: | Office Phone/Voice-Mail: 615-898-5648 | Home Page: | Film Studies Course Blog


Dr. David Lavery is Professor of English at MTSU (1993- ). The author of over one hundred twenty published essays, chapters, and reviews, he is author / co-author / editor / co-editor of twenty three books, including Joss: A Creative Portrait of the Maker of the Whedonverses and The Essential Cult Television Reader. The organizer of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Sopranos, a founding co-editor of the journals Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies and Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany) and has been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, USA Today. From 2006-2008, he taught at Brunel University in London.




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Class Members

Alyssa Dawson | Ariel Dingus | Jeff Frame | Stephanie Graves | Dawn Hall | Amanda Johnson | Mellisa Mitchell | Luke Patton | Jessica Szalacinski | Sally Vandenburg | Jesse Williams

Course Requirements

Critical Essay or Special Project--choose one of the following (30% of course grade)

(A) A 2000 word critical/interpretive encounter (approved by me) with film studies (no sources required).

(B) A pedagogical film studies project: a course syllabus, website, power point presentation, annotated bibliography/videography, etc.

Major Paper: A source paper of not less than 4,000 words on some aspect of film studies approved by me. | 50% of course grade


Class Participation: Your evaluation in this area will be based on your contributions in class discussion and, in addition, presentations throughout the course | 20% of course grade


Power Points

Introduction to the Course | The Camera SequenceHollywood Cinema and Beyond | Stars and Technology | Universal Language | National Cinemas I | National Cinemas II | Fellini | GenreAuthorship | The Movie Artist | Coens | Literary/Film Theory | Television Glossary





Reading Assignment

Course Requirement



Introduction to the Course


9/6/10 Labor Day: No Class


9/13/10 Hollywood Cinema and Beyond  Cook 1-107


9/20/10 Hollywood Cinema and Beyond Cook 1-107


9/27/10 The Star System | Technologies Cook, All of Parts 2, 3


10/4/10 World Cinemas Cook 168-216


10/11/10 World Cinemas Cook 217-50


10/18/10 Fall Break (no class)


10/25/10 Genre Cook 252-315 Critical Essay/Special Project Due


11/1/10 Genre Cook 316-84


11/8/10 Authorship and Cinema Cook 387-445, Caughie, Death of the Author/Auteur


11/15/10 Authorship and Cinema Cook 446-483


11/22/10 Developments in Theory Cook 487-547


11/29/10 Television Studies Miller 1-79


12/7/10 Television Studies Miller 80-189 Major Paper Due


12/10-12/16/10 Final Exam Week