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Nikolina Dobreva

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture

 work(802) 443-5881
 Spring term: Tuesday 11-12:30, Wednesday 11:30-1:00 and by appointment
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 301



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

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 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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FMMC 0104 / AMST 0104 - Television & American Culture      

Television and American Culture
This course explores American life in the last seven decades through an analysis of our central medium: television. Spanning a history of television from its origins in radio to today’s digital convergence via YouTube and Netflix, we will consider television's role in both representing and constituting American society through a variety of approaches, including: the economics of the television industry, television's role within American democracy, the formal attributes of various television genres, television as a site of gender and racial identity formation, television's role in everyday life, the medium's technological transformations, and television as a site of global cultural exchange. 3 hrs. lect./disc. / 3 hrs. screen AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2019

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FMMC 0228 - HBO's Game of Thrones      

HBO’s Game of Thrones: A Global Cultural Phenomenon
In this course we will study the HBO series Game of Thrones as a global cultural phenomenon. We’ll explore the series’ development from a straightforward television adaptation to a transmedia narrative set in a recognizable visual universe. We will examine how the series reinvents the fantasy genre within the changing media landscape and how issues of race, class, and gender affect the production and reception of the series on a global scale. We will also consider the material ways in which the series’ fans engage with the universe of the show through the consumption and creation of merchandising, cosplay, fanfiction, and blogs. 3 hrs. lect. ART SOC

Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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FMMC 0507 - Independent Project      

Advanced Independent work in Film and Media Culture
Consult with a Film and Media Culture faculty member for guidelines.

Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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FMMC 1027 - The Films of Quentin Tarantino      

Antiheroes in the Films of Quentin Tarantino: Adaptation, Appropriation, Remix
Quentin Tarantino is universally lauded as one of the most original and influential contemporary American filmmakers even as his unique anti-establishment work has stirred controversy with its reliance on graphic violence. In this course we will study Tarantino’s films as adaptations, appropriations, and remixes of literature (Elmore Leonard), the work of comedians (Pryor, Carlin), cinema auteurs (Kurosawa, Godard) and pop culture icons (Madonna), as well as a variety of international cinematic genres (wuxia, noir, spaghetti westerns). We will explore how Tarantino blends seamlessly American and foreign cultural elements to create powerful anti-establishment characters that have inspired young filmmakers worldwide. AMR ART NOR WTR

Winter 2018

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FMMC 1029 - Culture Jamming/Media Actvsm      

Culture Jamming & Creative Media Activism
In this course we will study the practice of cultural resistance in the US after the Cold War, focusing mainly on creative media activism (culture jamming, subvertising, hashtag campaigns, etc.) directed against consumer capitalism. Discussions will be informed by critical theory (Adorno, Ahmed, Jenkins) and will explore fiction film (Fight Club), artwork (Banksy, Rodríguez-Gerada), and activist campaigns (Adbusters). Which cultural resistance strategies have worked well and why? How have corporations and the government responded to them? Students will craft their own culture jams and, as a group, work on a creative media activist campaign. ART SOC WTR

Winter 2019

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FYSE 1417 - Espionage in Film and Fiction      

True Lies: Espionage in Film and Fiction
We will study the depiction of fictional spies in literature (Ian Fleming’s Bond novels), film (The Bourne Identity), television shows (Alias, Homeland), and parodies (Burn After Reading) in an attempt to address the following questions: Why have narratives about spies and spying been so commercially successful since the mid-19th century? How has the genre changed to reflect the development of new technologies and major historical events (WWII, the Cold War, and the War on Terror)? How do ideas of gender and nationalism affect the depiction of the extraction of information in controversial ways, e.g., bribery, seduction, torture, and hacking? 3 hrs. sem. ART CW

Fall 2016

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FYSE 1507 - The Women of Game of Thrones      

The Women of /Game of Thrones/
In this seminar we will examine the representation of women in George Martin’s Game of Thrones book series and its popular television adaptation. Introductory theoretical readings on gender, sexuality, race, and class, as well as on audience reception and fan culture will inform our discussion of the major characters in the show. In what ways does the role of women in the show’s fictional socio-political structure shed light on real-world issues of patriarchy, oppression, and violence? What aspects of the HBO series’ representation of women are defined by genre conventions and audience expectations? 3 hrs. sem. CW

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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Department of Film and Media Culture

Axinn Center at Starr Library
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
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