CES 115 American Film as Literature • 5 Cr.


Introduces the critical study of the motion picture as an expressive medium comparable to literary art. Students review the history and cultural traditions of American film, with focus on the feature-length film as a novelistic form. Students analyze film adaptations of American literary texts. Also includes documentaries and other genres. Previously AMST 115.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of their own previously-held perspectives on the theme and explain how those perspectives may have changed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of trends in American thought and attitude regarding the theme.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, the theme showing the interrelation of historical events, literary works and social changes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize information from various sources/media and communicate that insight effectively.