Studies in Film OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Film Studies Course by MIT

Published Jan 27, 2009

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'Studies in Film' is free OpenCourseWare from MIT that hopes to enable students to come to a better appreciate of written and film fiction through a study of how they each tell a story. This course is appropriate for students pursuing a B.A. in Literature, Film Studies or Media Studies.

Studies in Film: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Studies in Film: Course Description

Unforgiven and Antigone. The Matrix and Don Quixote. While these films and works of literature may seem disparate at first glance, this free OpenCourseWare investigates their similarities (and differences) as narrative media. The course combined the reading commitment of a literature course with film viewings to explore relationships between 20th century cinema and works of fiction from western culture. The course paired texts with films that have similar narratives, characters or themes. Professor Alvin Kibel introduced narrative theories and ideas from literary criticism for students to apply to course readings and films. The lecture format course was intended for undergraduate students in a Literature, Film Studies or Media Studies degree program.

This free literary and film analysis OpenCourseWare provides a reading list, a film list, three paper guidelines and discussion questions for the texts and films. If you have an interest in films and literature, visit the literature vs. cinema narrative course page.

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