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PMA 1142 : FWS: A Very Special Television Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Kriszta Pozsonyi
What can TV's "special" categories—such as special episodes and television specials—tell us about how television generally works? In this seminar, we will look at various episodes ranging from Christmas, Halloween, and musical episodes of series to so-called "very special episodes" focusing on uncharacteristically "heavy" social issues, as well as the genre of the stand-up special. We will think about questions of genre and structure in both our television objects and our writing. We will delve into the methodology of audio-visual analysis, and the writing assignments over the semester will allow students to practice and develop their critical skills via short responses, longer essays, and (optional) creative assignments.
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PMA 1132 : FWS: Boyfriendtwin: Queer Uncanny Doppelgangers
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Joshua Cole
Why are two identical people unsettling? "Uncanny" resemblances suggest the strangely familiar, and this course investigates the doppelgänger myth influencing superstitions about un- or supernatural twins with a diverse selection of materials from the Greeks through the Gothic into contemporary horror/sci-fi. Writers like Robert Louis Stevenson form the legacy of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, later generating Battlestar Galactica, Black Mirror, and Orphan Black. Exploring representations of duplication, this class's focus on queer theory emphasizes matters of sexuality and gender identity. While considering the ways doubles work across literary, cinematic, and televisual styles from Edgar Allan Poe to Joss Whedon, the course highlights in-class discussion, peer editing, and enhancing each student's ability to produce coherent, concise, persuasive prose in the form of critical arguments.
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Elaigwu Ameh listening to the stories of internally displaced persons
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Summer research project explores black masculinity in theatre

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek Photo Gallery

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, directed by PhD candidate Nick Fesette. March 3–11, 2017, in the Flex Theatre at Cornell’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. 

Graduate student grants fund community-engaged projects
Amy Villarejo
Professor Amy Villarejo receives Distinguished Teaching Prize
Kriszta Pozsonyi
Kriszta Pozsonyi and students win Knight Institute writing awards for comedy class

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