C LIT 497 B: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Surveillance/Cinema/Reality TV

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
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Stephen Groening

The introduction of visual technologies that record and reproduce two-dimensional moving images is key to a new form of disciplinary power. Through the use of these recording technologies, the practice of surveillance has aided the state in its quest to control its subjects and prevent criminal behavior. Surveillance depends on an indexical relationship between image and reality. Because of this quality, surveillance illuminates and illustrates many theoretical concerns in film, media and television studies. Alongside the widespread use of these technologies, a series of films that represent conspiratorial fantasies of government surveillance emerged in 1970s America.  These films depict surveillance and often rely on those very same devices that enable surveillance. As the recent genre of reality television has reanimated questions of privacy and publicity in the popular consciousness, what were once thought of as pertinent only to government secrets and espionage have become vital social issues which shape the way will we think about the relationship between the individual and society.


Catalog Description: 
Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am