History in Film

History in Film

In our “post-text” society, film and television have arguably the most powerful influence on our collective memory (for better or worse), and tend to be commercially popular. Throughout most of the last century, serious scholars scoffed at the initial promise of film as “history written with lightning,” but this jaundiced view has more recently given way to qualified appreciation for film’s ability to convey certain kinds of historical truths. This course does not delve in any significant way into the history of film. Rather, it examines three distinct aspects of the way history is represented in a visual medium: the process of adaptation from text to film; the reaction by the scholarly community to filmmakers’ attempts to produce popular historical dramas; and issues related to the “historically correct” presentation of history on film, in three areas (genres): dramatic, documentary, and experimental films. Matt has taught this course several times at Chautauqua.

Instructor....Matt Young, PhD– History, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, Marietta College

Day & Time...Fridays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Dates..........Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3
Place..........124 Thomas Hall (Click here to see campus map.)
Cost............$30
Limit............90 Participants