Great Animals On Screen

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Great Animals On Screen

Fall 2019

Taught By: Masha Tupitsyn

Section: AX

CRN: 7431

Credits: 4

What thematic, philosophical, and phenomenological role have animals played in cinema? Despite their reputation—along with children—of being difficult to work with on set, animals are often important cinematic aids. Whether it’s the cat in the horror genre, the dog as side-kick and ultimate companion in the journey story, sharks, insects, dinosaurs, and birds in sci-fiction and eco-disaster movies, or the noble, abused donkey in Robert Bresson’s Au Hazard Balthazar, animals help us live in the world, both onscreen and off. They are also allies, guides, and scapegoats that alert us to the hidden dangers of the world, which is often the hidden and repressed animal nature within ourselves—the animal as both inside and outside. In this course, we will study a variety of animals and animal narratives from a variety of films—ranging from the past to the present. From classic animal terror films to romantic comedies, from nature films to dramas. Some examples will include: Cat People, The Wolf Man, Jaws, Beauty and The Beast, King Kong, The Birds, Frogs, Squirm, Day of The Animals, Old Yeller, Cujo, Benji, Wendy and Lucy, Balthazar, Pet Sematary, Jurassic Park, Babe, 101 Dalmations, Grizzly Man, Fantastic Mr Fox, and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. We will also read a range of texts: philosophical, theoretical, and literary.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:35pm 12/11/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 410

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019