Professor David Thorburn

Additional Reading:

NOTE:  Some of these files are restricted to registered members of the class.  An MIT Certificate is required to access some of these files.  

Agee, James.  "Comedy's Greatest Era"  Agee on Film, Vol. 1.  James Agee.  Grosset and Dunlap, 1958.

Braudy, Leo.  "Genre: The Conventions of Connection."  The World in a Frame.  Leo Braudy.  Garden City, NY: Anchor Press, 1976;  Second edition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. 

Gunning, Tom. "An Aesthetic of Astonishment: Early Film and the (In)Credulous Spectator" from Art and Text 34 (Spring 1989).

Lethem, Jonathan. "The Greatest Death Scene" (on Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller) in The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 2007.

Mast, Gerald.  from A Short History of the Movies, 6th Edition.  Allyn and Bacon, 1996.

Stone, Robert. "The Search Party" (on John Ford's The Searchers) in The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 2007.

Zavattini, Cesare. "Some Ideas on the Cinema" from Sight and Sound (October 1953).

Recommended Readings:

Thorburn, David, "Television as an Aesthetic Medium." Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 1987): 161-173.

Thorburn, David, "Television Melodrama" in Television: The Critical View, Horace Newcomb (ed), 6th ed. (2000).

Thorburn, David, "Web of Paradox."  The American Prospect, vol. 9 no. 40, September 1, 1998 - October 1, 1998.