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Week 10 Reflexivity and Political Film

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Week 10 Reflexivity and Political Film

10/28 Philosophical Challenges to Objectivity

Read: Nichols, “The Fact of Fiction and the Fiction of Objectivity” In Representing Reality Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (1991): 165-200. (C)

10/30 Experiments in Objectivity: Re-Enactments

View: The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988)

Read: Williams, “Mirrors Without Memories: Truth, History, and the New Documentary” Film Quarterly 46 (3): 9-21
Week 11 Different Takes on Authority

11/4 Subjectivity, Authority and Truth Claims

Read: Arthur, “Jargons of Authenticity” In Theorizing Documentary (ed. Michael Renov) New York: Routledge (1993): 108-134. (C)

View: Roger & Me (Moore, 1989)
11/6 Subjectivity and Documentary

View: Sherman’s March (Ross McElwee, 1986)

Read: Fischer, “Documentary Film and the Discourse of Hysterical/Historical Narrative.” In Documenting the Documentary (ed Barry Keith Grant and Jeanette Sloniowski) Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press (1998): 333-343. (C)
Week 12 Subjectivity and Performativity

11/11 Documentary performance

Read: Renov, “New Subjectivities: Documentary and Representation in the Post-Verite Age” In The Subject of Documentary Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press (2004): 171-181. (C)

Read: Bruzzi, “The Performing Film Maker and the Acting Subject” (DFB)

11/13 No Class Meeting

Due: Analysis 2
Week 13 Documentary Experiments

11/18 Experimental Film, Performance, and Documentary

View: Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1990)

Girlpower (Sadie Benning, 1991)

Read: Nichols, “What Kind of Documentaries Are There?,” pp 199-211 and “How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?” (ID)

Recommended: “Interview with Marlon Riggs” In New Challenges for Documentary, first edition (ed. Alan Rosenthal) Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (1988): 121-127. (C)
11/20 Mockumentary

Read: Plantinga, “Gender, Power, and a Cucumber: Satirizing Masculinity in This is Spinal Tap” In Documenting the Documentary (ed Barry Keith Grant and Jeanette Sloniowski) Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press (1998): 318-332. (C)

View: This is Spinal Tap
Week 14 Contemporary Approaches to Documentary Evidence

11/25 Documentary, Testimony, and Memory

View: Stories We Tell (Polley, 2012)

Read: Nichols, “The Voice of Documentary” Film Quarterly 36(3): 17-30

11/27 Happy Thanksgiving!
Week 15 The Future of Documentary

12/2 Reality TV and New Formats

View: TBA

Read: Murray, "I Think We Need a New Name for It": The Meeting of Documentary and Reality TV In Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (ed. Susan Murray and Laurie Ouellette) New York: New York University Press (2004) (C)

Read: Eitzen, “When is a Documentary? Documentary as a Mode of Reception” Cinema Journal 35(1): 81-102.

Optional: Hill, “Ambivalent Audiences” (DFB)
12/4 Wrap up

Read: Corner, “Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions” Television and New Media 3(3)

Read: Michiel and Zimermann, “Open Spaces” (DFB)

Final Project Due by 4pm Dec. 12 NO LATE PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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