ENGL 115 The Film as Literature • 5 Cr.


Introduces the critical study of the motion picture as an expressive medium comparable to literary art. Students focus on cultural tradition and values. Recommended: ENGL& 101 placement or higher.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply concepts of visual literacy, including lighting, camera angle, duration of shot, composition, etc.
  • Identify and discuss principles of narrative, particularly the relationship of shot, scene, and sequence.
  • Understand the history of film and the impact of technological advances.
  • Identify and analyze the conventions of various film genres and how audience expectations and generic conventions work together to determine and convey a given message.
  • Understand and apply principles of literary/film criticism. Understand the different schools of film criticism.
  • Understand how a story can be adapted from one medium to another; identify the advantages unique to each medium.
  • Identify the values and assumptions behind a film's ideology and examine the cultural context within which a film was created.
  • Identify and analyze one's own cultural preconceptions and biases.