Bennet Schaber

Director of Cinema and Screen Studies


304F Marano Campus Center

Office hours

FALL 2019
Tuesday 2:30-3:30
Wednesday 1:00-2:00
or by appointment

Classes taught


CSS 360/800
ENG 360/800

W 3:00-6:45 211 Marano CC
ENG 286/800



211 Marano CC
315 Park Hall

ENG 387/800



211 Marano CC
315 Park Hall

CSS 360/ENG 360 STU NATION CIN: N. AFRICA GLOBAL-Contemporary film and literature from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, with special attention to three young Tunisian filmmakers—Kaouther Ben Hania, Leila Bouzid, Mohammed Ben Attia--creating the new, post-revolutionary cinema.  Each student is responsible for one short essay (5-7 pages) and a final, creative project.

ENG 286 INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA AND SCREEN STUDIES-The purpose of this course is to provide a critical introduction to the study of cinema and screen studies. The course is comprised of two sections: 1) film and formal analysis; 2) film and historical analysis. This course satisfies the Knowledge Foundations in the Humanities requirement of General Education, the Contexts category in the English Major and is the introductory course for the major in Cinema and Screen Studies.

ENG 387 VISION AND TEXTUALITY-O’Neill Adapts O’Neill: The screenplays of American playwright and Nobel laureate, Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953), had, according to film scholars, been either lost or destroyed.  However, their recent rediscovery and impending publication calls for a re-evaluation of O’Neill, one that might include him in a larger  group of modernist writers like Steinbeck, Faulkner and Hemingway who wrote simultaneously in literature and the cinema.  This course will be devoted to those screenplays, a comparison with the plays that were their sources, and with the film adaptations that were finally made without O’Neill’s participation.  The course then will allow students to explore:  1)  the relationship between a writer’s life and his work; 2)  the process of textual production from archival artifact through mechanical transcription, textual editing and final published form; 3)  the complex relations between writing and the visual as these unfold within and across media (novel, play, scenario, film).

Students will give one, short oral presentation (on a play, film, scenario, etc.) and lead a class discussion.  Each student will be responsible for a final project, which can take the form of a research paper, a short film, a screen treatment or screenplay, or some hybrid piece of intermedia.  Plays include The Long Voyage Home, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, Desire Under the Elms, and Dynamo.  All film versions of O’Neill’s plays, dating back to 1923, will be available for student viewing.  Also available for viewing will be films we know O’Neill especially admired as well as films made by or with people with whom O’Neill collaborated, like Paul Robeson, Irving Pichel and Claudette Colbert.