Dr. Willard Pate
Professor of English
Willard Pate is a Professor of English who specializes in American,
especially Southern, literature. She is a practicing photographer whose
photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. At
present, she is developing a course on the American Western which she
hopes to offer in the 2013-14 school year.
Film Studies Courses
FST 202: Introduction to Film Analysis
“Introduction to Film Analysis” provides students with the terminology
and tools to critically analyze films by examining the basics of film
form, style (mise-en-scène, camera angle and movement, editing and
sound), and genre. The course explores the characteristic features of –
as well as the alternative – to the “classical Hollywood style,” a
series of formal and narrative conventions present in films as distinct
as Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (2005) and John Ford’s western
Stagecoach (1939). Contextualizing films within a social, cultural and
historical framework will provide additional insights into how films
generate and construct meaning.
ENG 451 Film Analysis
This course explores the issue of film genre and the fundamentals of
film form, examining principles of narration and narrative construction
in the "Classical Hollywood” cinema; in this context, we also consider
the properties of nonnarrative formal systems by looking closely at
documentary, abstract, and avant-garde film. In the third part of the
course, we take up fundamental elements of film style: mise-en-scène,
cinematography, editing, and sound. Throughout the course we explore
seminal work in classical and contemporary film theory.
FYS 1203 Contemporary Issues on Film
This seminar will focus on films that address global, political, and
social issues. The issues will change with each offering of the seminar:
in one term the seminar might study films that explore the status of
women in a variety of social and cultural contexts. In other terms, the
seminar might consider, for example, black/white relationships or the
representation of war.
1161 Contemporary Issues on Film
A focus on films that address global, political, and social issues that
will vary with each offering which may, for example, include studying
films that explore the status of women in a variety of social and
cultural contexts. Other offerings may include black/white relationships
or the representation of war.