Film and Media Studies are represented in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures by faculty members working on a wide range of national cinematic traditions. The Department offers both introductory and more specialized courses on the historical and theoretical developments of world cinema; lower level courses on film are taught in English. These courses explore the technological and philosophical origins of film and visual media; the transformations of cinema style as they relate to modernity and modernism, various aesthetic avant-gardes, and political and social movements; and the points of influence and exchange that inform Eastern and Western traditions, ancient and modern worlds, European and colonial contexts.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (in conjuction with the Departments of English, Hispanic Studies, Philosophy, and Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies) offers an Undergraduate Certificate in International Film Studies that gives students the opportunity to formalize their film coursework in this specialized subfield.
The faculty members of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures who are currently engaged in research and teaching in the area of Film and Media Studies include:
Molly T. Blasing, history of Russian cinema; post-Soviet Russian cinema; contemporary Russian theater and performance culture; post-Soviet television and internet culture
Harald Höbusch, German Studies (Weimar Cinema, Bergfilm (Mountain Films) and Expedition Films)
Ioana Larco, Italian Studies
Liang Luo, Chinese-language film, film music, inter-media experimentation in drama, opera, and film
Jeffrey N. Peters, French and Francophone Studies
Jeff Rogers, German Studies
Leon Sachs, French and Francophone Studies
Douglas Slaymaker, Japan Studies