Christian Keathley

Professor of Film and Media Culture

 
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Christian Keathley is Professor in the Film and Media Culture Department at Middlebury College. Keathley received his Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, and his M.F.A. in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English and Film Studies from the University of Florida.

Keathley is the author of Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees (Indiana University Press, 2006), and co-author (with Jason Mittell) of The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound & Image (caboose, 2016). His current research project concerns the presentation of film scholarship in an audio-visual format, and he is the co-recipient (along with Jason Mittell) of two NEH grants to lead summer workshops for film/media faculty that instruct them in how to produce such work. He is a founding co-editor of [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, the first disciplinarily-sanctioned journal dedicated to publishing audio-visual scholarship.

Keathley is also at work on a book titled The Mystery of Otto Preminger (under contract to Indiana University Press).  

 

Courses

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FMMC 0101 - Aesthetics of the Moving Image      

Aesthetics of the Moving Image
How do films convey meaning, generate emotions, and work as an art form? What aspects of film are shared by television and videogames? This course is designed to improve your ability to watch, reflect on, and write about moving images. The course will be grounded in the analysis of cinema (feature films, documentaries, avant-garde, and animation) with special focus on film style and storytelling techniques. Study will extend to new audio-visual media as well, and will be considered from formal, cultural, and theoretical perspectives. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen ART

Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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FMMC 0102 - Film History      

Film History
This course will survey the development of the cinema from 1895 to present. Our study will emphasize film as an evolving art, while bearing in mind the influence of technology, economic institutions, and the political and social contexts in which the films were produced and received. Screenings will include celebrated works from Hollywood and international cinema. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen ART HIS

Fall 2016

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FMMC 0244 - International Cinema:      

International Cinema
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART

Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2017

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FMMC 0252 - Authorship and Cinema      

Authorship and Cinema
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART

Fall 2016

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FMMC 0255 - French New Wave      

French New Wave
Beginning in 1959 and continuing through the 1960s, dozens of young French cinephiles, thrilled by Hollywood genre movies and European art films, but disgusted with their own national cinema’s stodgy productions, took up cameras and began making films. This movement, known as La Nouvelle Vague, remains one of the most exciting, inventive periods in cinema history. This course focuses on the major films and directors (Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais) of the period and also gives consideration to the cultural, technological, and economic factors that shaped this movement. (Formerly FMMC 0345) ART EUR

Spring 2016

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FMMC 0279 - Film & Literature      

Film and Literature
The most common approach to the study of film and literature focuses on cinematic adaptations of literary works, but in this course we will broaden that tack, expanding to more of a comparative approach and considering topics relevant to both forms. We will explore how the cinema developed a formal language equivalent to the novel, as well as how fiction writing has been influenced by film. We will also consider how cinema's position as the equivalent of the novel has been usurped by television. Films screened will include A Day in the Country; Le Plaisir; Blow-Up; the recent BBC series Sherlock; and others. (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0102 or ENAM 0103 or CMLT 0101) (Formerly FMMC 0276) ART EUR LIT

Spring 2014

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FMMC 0334 - Videographic Film Studies      

Videographic Film and Media Studies
Digital video technologies—such as DVDs, digital editing software, and online streaming—now enable film and media scholars to “write” with the same materials that constitute their object of study: moving images and sounds. But such a change means rethinking the rhetorical modes traditionally used in scholarly writing, and incorporating more aesthetic and poetic elements alongside explanation and analysis. In this hands-on course, we will both study and produce new videographic forms of criticism often known as “video essays,” exploring how such work can both produce knowledge and create an aesthetic impact. (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0105 or by approval) 3 hrs. sem

Spring 2014, Spring 2016

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FMMC 0354 - Film Theory      

Film Theory
This course surveys the issues that have sparked the greatest curiosity among film scholars throughout cinema's first century, such as: What is the specificity of the film image? What constitutes cinema as an art? How is authorship in the cinema to be accounted for? Is the cinema a language, or does it depart significantly from linguistic coordinates? How does one begin to construct a history of the cinema? What constitutes valid or useful film research? Readings will include Epstein, Eisenstein, Bazin, Truffaut, Wollen, Mulvey, Benjamin, Kracauer, and others. (Formerly FMMC 0344) (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0102 or instructor approval) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen. ART

Fall 2014

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FMMC 0507 - Independent Project      

Advanced Independent work in Film and Media Culture
Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the Film & Media Culture web site along with a list of prerequisites.

Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018

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FMMC 0700 - Senior Tutorial      

Film and Media Senior Tutorial
All FMMC majors must complete this course, in which they undertake a critical essay, a screenplay, or a video. The following prerequisite courses are required: for a video project: FMMC 0105, FMMC 0335, FMMC/CRWR 0106; for a screenwriting project: FMMC 0105, FMMC/CRWR 0106, FMMC/CRWR 0341; for a research essay: demonstrated knowledge in the topic of the essay, as determined in consultation with the project advisor, and coursework relevant to the topic as available.

Spring 2015, Spring 2017

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IGST 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis      

European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

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