Film Themes and Genres: History and Theory of Animation

English 2860
History and Theory of Animation
Section 1
Joanna Hearne
MWF 2:00-2:50; W 5:00-7:30pm

History and Theory of Animation

This course will survey the history of animation, with attention to theoretical and critical discussions of authorship, style (realism, experimentalism), technological developments, industrial and independent production, issues in representation, and reception. Much of the course will focus on the development of animation within the Hollywood studio system and American television, but we will also view international, independent and experimental work, and discuss global trends including Japanese anime and traditions of animation in Europe, Canada and elsewhere. Students will write weekly short papers on films and critical readings, make a short animation or digital story, and prepare a class presentation and paper about animation viewed outside of class.