since 1965  (really?)

The Music Video

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Fall 2009
English 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

Often when we are confronted with a text, we interpret the nature of its argument to obtain a thorough understanding of the text itself.  However, when a text which seems unworthy of simliar analysis is presented to us, we may be shocked when it is revealed as one of higher value than what we might expect.  In this class, we will focus our attention on a genre of film often placed lower in value and neglected altogether as a text -- the Music Video.  While the definition of this form of film is highly ambiguous, we will attempt to develop one by learning the characteristics of Music Video through its history, theory, cultural context, and rhetoric.  By the end of this course, one will leave with better understanding, stronger appreciation, and greater ability in interpreting Music Video.

*Note: This is NOT a production course, however you may replace your final project with a music video of your own.

Possible Viewings in Class: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen, Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles, Thriller - Michael Jackson, Don't You Want Me - The Human League, Take On Me - A-Ha, Bastards of Young - The Replacements, Express Yourself - Madonna, Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre, Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G., Jeremy - Pearl Jam, Closer - Nine Inch Nails, Da Funk - Daft Punk, Buddy Holly - Weezer, Karma Police - Radiohead, All is Full of Love - Bjork, Schism - Tool, Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 1) - OutKast, Come To Daddy - Aphex Twin, The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony, Back That Azz Up - Juvenile, Genie In A Bottle - Christina Aguilera, MMMBop - Hanson, Fell In Love With A Girl - The White Stripes, Obstacle 1 - Interpol, Yellow - Coldplay, Such Great Heights - The Postal Service, Welcome To Heartbreak - Kanye West, Blame It ft. T-Pain - Jamie Foxx, Best I Ever Had - Drake

How to Enroll:

 CCNs will be given out in class, not through e-mail. 

20 lower-division

20 upper division

In total there are 40 possible spots for enrollment which will be determined on a first-come-first-serve basis.  If there exceeds 40 on the first day, a quiz or a lottery will be used to determine enrollment.

You must appear to the first class on SEPTEMBER 2ND to be allowed into this class.

Course Contact: david_barrera123 AT

Faculty Sponsor: Professor Hertha D. Sweet Wong

Time & Location:

Sec. 16David Barrera
40110 WheelerW 5-7P9/02full

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