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Bennet Schaber

Director of Cinema and Screen Studies


304D Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2017

or by appointment

Classes taught

Fall 2017 Courses

CSS 111/8CF TR 3:55-5:15 323 Marano CC

CSS 360/800
ENG 360/800



211 Marano CC
175 Shineman

ENG 386/800



211 Marano CC
315 Park Hall

CSS 360/ENG 360-
A focused study of literature, film, visual art and music of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya) and adjacent West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Mali) from the post-independence era (c. 1960) to the present.  The class meets Wednesday afternoon, followed by a dinner break, then resumes in the evening for film screenings and other performances.  Students will have the option to write traditional academic essays or construct creative alternatives.  No final exam.

ENG 386-A direct engagement with some fragments of the major theories of film from the 1930’s to the present.  These primary documents will mediate an extended discussion of what cinema has been (or perhaps might have been), what it is (or perhaps might be), and what it is becoming (or perhaps might be becoming).   But we don’t only have to think about the cinema; sometimes the cinema encourages us to think about other things, many other things, as well.  Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener’s Film Theory:  An Introduction through the Senses will serve as a conceptual guide and we will use its chapter structure as the organizing principle of the course.   Two take-home exams and two audio-visual exercises.