ENGLISH 5070/7006

Topics in FIlm (5070)/Media Theory (7006): Post-Cinema

Winter 2019
Monday & Wednesday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm
State 326

Web address for this page:

Steven Shaviro ( or

5057 Woodward, Room 9309
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, and by appointment

This course will consider some of the ways that movies have changed in the 21st century. Digital technologies for production, distribution, and reception have been revolutionized in the past twenty years or so. It is still possible to make older-style movies with the new technologies, and many filmmakers continue to do so. But new technological developments have led to new possibilities for audiovisual invention and expression, and many filmmakers have explored these possibilities. We will look at a wide range of movies, music videos, and other audiovisual media, and read attempts by critics to theorize the differences that these experiments have brought to the ways that we experience, understand, and imagine movies. Some classes will involve feature film screenings followed by discussion; others will focus on readings and short clips.

The main reading for this class comes from an online, open source collection of essays: Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st Century Film, edited by Shane Denson and Julia Leyda, 2016 (henceforth designated as PC). We will read all the essays in this volume over the course of the semester. It is available at You can either read individual chapters online, or download the entire volume as a single PDF.
Additional texts will be made available in the form of web links or PDFs.

Class requirements include regular attendance, participation in class discussion, one in-class presentation, and completion of writing assignments:


By the end of the course, successful students will have learned about the technological and aesthetic changes that have occurred in filmmaking in the 21st century.

In addition, by the end of the course successful students should be able to:

In addition, by the end of the course successful graduate students should be able to:

January 7: Introduction

January 9: Intensified Continuity and Beyond

January 14: Post-Narrative Cinematic Language: Domino

January 16: Digital Cinema

January 23: Anticipating New Media: The Other Side of the Wind

January 28: NO CLASS (WEATHER)

January 30: NO CLASS (WEATHER)

February 4: Remediation

February 6: Images of Futurity

February 11: Anthropocene Cinema

February 13: NO CLASS (I will be out of town)

February 18: Discorrelation

February 20: New Articulations of Space and Time

February 25: The Audiovisual Essay

February 27: Graphics, Special Effects, and 3D

March 4: Post-Genre? (1)

March 6: Post-Genre? (2)

March 18: Post-Cinema in the Art Gallery: Center Jenny

March 20: Reordering the Senses: McLuhan

March 25: The Politics and Poetics of Form

March 27: Ghost Media: Parnormal Activity

April 1: Interfaces and Networks: Unfriended

April 3: Phenomenologies of Post-Cinema

April 8: Dislocations: Upstream Color

April 10: Post-Cinematic Affect

April 15: Post-Television?

April 17: Interactive and Generative Media

April 22: Music Videos