English 250

Research Seminars: Mass Entertainment

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2010 Knapp, Jeffrey
Knapp, Jeffrey
M 3-6 108 Wheeler

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We will examine the theory and practice of mass entertainment during two comparable moments of major innovation in mass entertainment: the construction of permanent theaters in sixteenth-century London, and the invention of talking pictures in twentieth-century Hollywood.  The course will have several aims: to explore the distinctiveness of the art that each innovation generated; to compare these arts; and to consider whether any themes or problems of mass entertainment persist from one period and art-form to the next.

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