Fall 2019

Knowing Television

Listed in: English, as ENGL-282  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-215

Formerly listed as: ENGL-84  |  FAMS-50


Amelie E. Hastie (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 282 and FAMS 215) For better or worse, U.S. broadcast television is a cultural form that is not commonly associated with knowledge. This course will take what might seem a radical counter-position to such assumptions–looking at the ways television teaches us what it is and even trains us in potential critical practices for investigating it. By considering its formal structure, its textual definitions, and the means through which we see it, we will map out how it is that we come to know television.

Prior coursework in Film and Media Studies is recommended, but not required. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 45 students. Fall semester. Professor Hastie.

If Overenrolled: Prioritize by class year, in descending order.


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2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2016, Fall 2019