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Schedule of Classes

Week 1 Introduction to the Course

8/26 Introduction / Defining Documentary
8/28 Defining Documentary

Read: Nichols, “How Can We Define Documentary Film?” (ID)

Read: Musser, “Problems in Historiography: The Documentary Tradition Before Nanook of the North” (DFB)
Week 2 Origins of Documentary: Photography and Evidence

9/2 Photography and the real

View: Actualities (shorts)

Read: Tagg, “Evidence, Truth and Order.” In The Burden of Representation Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Press (1988): 60-65. (C)

Read: Foucault, selections from Truth and Power


9/4 Photography and the real

Read: Winston, “The Camera Never Lies.” In Image-Based Research (ed. Jon Prosser) New York: Routledge (1998): 60-68. (C)

Read: Nichols, ““Why are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking?”

Recommended: Downing, “CGI and the End of Photography as Evidence” (DFB)





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