Louisa Stein is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. Louisa’s courses include: Gender/Sexuality/Media, Television and American Culture, Remix Culture, and Sherlock Holmes Across Media.
Louisa is author of Millennial Fandom: Television Audiences in the Transmedia Age (University of Iowa Press, 2015). She is also co-editor of Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom (McFarland, 2012) and Teen Television: Programming and Fandom (McFarland, 2008).
Louisa's work explores audience engagement in transmedia culture, with emphasis on questions of gender and generation. Her research investigates how meanings circulate across history, across media platforms and technologies, and between media producers and audiences. She has published on audiences and transmedia engagement in a range of journals and edited collections including Cinema Journal and How to Watch Television.
Before coming to Middlebury, Louisa headed the Critical Studies Area of the Television, Film, and New Media department at San Diego State University. She received her PhD from NYU's Department of Cinema Studies in 2006.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FMMC0101 - 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
Spring 2013, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
FMMC0104 / AMST0104 - Television & American Culture
Television and American Culture
This course explores American life in the last six decades through an analysis of our central medium: television. Spanning a history of television from its origins in radio to its future in digital convergence, we will consider television's role in both reflecting and constituting American society through a variety of approaches. Our topical exploration will consider the economics of the television industry, television's role within American democracy, the formal attributes of a variety of television genres, television as a site of gender and racial identity formation, television's role in everyday life, and the medium's technological and social impacts. 2 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen AMR NOR SOC
FMMC0221 - Sherlock Holmes Across Media ▲ ▹
Sherlock Holmes Across Media
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes in 1886. Since then, the consulting detective has continued to solve mysteries in literature, radio, film, television, and digital media. Indeed, Sherlock Holmes inspired what many think of as the earliest media fandom. Why has Sherlock Holmes remained such a fascinating figure for almost a century and a half? How have Holmes and his sidekick Watson (or Sherlock and John) transformed in their different iterations across media, culture, history, and nation? And what does it mean for contemporary television series Elementary and Sherlock to reimagine Sherlock Holmes for the digital age? (Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1457) ART EUR LIT
Spring 2017, Fall 2017
FMMC0267 / GSFS0267 - Gender, Sexuality and Media
Gender and Sexuality in Media
In this course, we will explore the intersecting roles played by gender and sexuality in our media, focusing specifically on film, television, and digital culture. We will examine the multiple ways in which popular media texts construct and communicate gender and sexuality, and we will analyze the role of gender and sexuality in the processes of spectatorship and meaning-making. We will study a wide range of theories of gender and sexuality in media including feminist film theory, queer media theory, and literature on gender and sexuality in video game history and culture. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. screen. SOC
Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
FMMC0276 - Remix Culture
With the spread of digital technologies, remix has come to the forefront as a major form of artistic work and cultural and political commentary. In this course we will explore the history, cultural and legal impact, and creative logics of remix traditions. We will examine how digital technologies shape transformative creativity. Drawing on the work of theorists such as DJ Spooky and Lawrence Lessig, we will consider the creative and legal ramifications of remix logics. We will explore a range of remix works across media with a focus on video. Students will also produce remixes through individual and group work. 3 hrs. lecture/3 hrs. screening AMR ART NOR SOC
FMMC0358 / GSFS0358 / WAGS0358 - Theories of Spectatorship
Theories of Spectatorship, Audience, and Fandom
In this course we will explore a range of theoretical approaches to the study of spectatorship and media audiences. How has the viewer been theorized throughout the history of film, television, and digital media? How have theoretical understandings of the relationship between viewer and media changed in the digital age? How have gender, class, and race informed cultural notions of media audiences from silent cinema to today? We will consider key theoretical readings and approaches to studying spectators, viewers, audiences, fans, and anti-fans across the history of the moving image. (FMMC 0101 or FMMC 0102 or FMMC 0104 or FMMC 0254) 3 hrs. lect./disc./3 hrs. screen. AMR ART CW NOR SOC
Spring 2013, Spring 2016
FMMC0507 - 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.
Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
FMMC0700 - 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.
FMMC0707 - Senior Independent Work
Senior Honors Project in Film and Media Culture
During the first term of their senior year, students with a GPA of A- in film and media culture courses may apply to undertake a senior project (FMMC 0707) for honors, with the project to be completed the last term of the senior year.
Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017
FMMC1015 - Remix Culture
With the spread of digital technologies, remix has come to the forefront as a major form of artistic work and of cultural and political commentary. We will examine how digital technologies shape transformative creativity. Drawing on the work of theorists such as DJ Spooky and Lawrence Lessig, we will consider the creative and legal ramifications of remix logics. We will explore a range of remix works across media, with a focus on video remix. Students will also produce remixes through individual and group work. ART NOR SOC WTR
FMMC1025 - YouTube Culture & Practice
YouTube: History, Culture, & Practice
What does YouTube offer as cultural forum and cultural force, and what are its limits? How has YouTube changed since its 2005 origin, and how is it continuing to evolve? YouTube functions as a site of negotiation between professional and amateur, and between corporate and grassroots. It is home to evolving aesthetics and niche communities, and also functions as a commercial platform. In this course we will explore the commercial and cultural contexts of YouTube and the media forms evolving within its interface. Work for this course involves academic written analyses and media production, including vlogs, reaction videos, remix, and web series. ART SOC WTR
FYSE1457 - Sherlock Holmes Across Media
Sherlock Holmes Across Media
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first created Sherlock Holmes in 1886. Since then, the consulting detective has continued to solve mysteries in literature, radio, film, television, and digital media. Indeed, Sherlock Holmes inspired what many think of as the earliest media fandom. Why has Sherlock Holmes continued to be such a fascinating figure for almost a century and a half? How have Holmes and his sidekick Watson (or Sherlock and John) transformed in their different iterations across media, culture, and history? And what does it mean for contemporary television series Elementary and Sherlock to reimagine Sherlock Holmes for the digital age? 3 hrs. sem. ART CMP CW