Dr. Richard Letteri
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Dr. Richard Letteri is Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at Furman University. He teaches courses in public speaking, discourse theory, political communication, media criticism and film studies. He also directs a study aboard program in Italy where he teaches a course on Italian public spaces. He is the author of A Handbook of Public Speaking
and recently has published articles on American and Chinese film in such journals as Quarterly Review of Film and Video
, Asian Studies
and Global Studies
. Presently, he is working on comparative studies of Italian and Chinese film.
While Dr. Letteri will continue offering his courses in media criticism and Italian film for the Film Studies minor, he hopes to begin teaching the Introduction to Film class soon as well as offer a new course in Auteurist Cinema.
Film Studies Courses
COM 321 Media Criticism
The course surveys some of the major methods of media criticism including semiotics, narrative, psychoanalysis, feminism, and ideological criticism. While literary critics, biblical scholars, and social theorists often use these methods, we apply them to a wide variety of media and popular cultural texts such as advertising, music, film and television.
COM 365 Auteur Film
This course examines the concept of auteur (author) film production that focuses on the unique stylistic elements of films based on the film director's aesthetics and worldview. The course looks at the films of many of the main individuals, both inside and outside of Hollywood, who are considered auteur directors such as John Ford, Billy Wilder, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Spike Lee, Zhang Yimou, and Wong Kar Wai.
COM 421 Studies in Mass Media
Concentrated study in one area or theorist of mass communication. Course topics will change with each offering. Potential topics include the global media integration, the internet as a public sphere, public journalism, the theories of Marshall McLuhan, Hollywood film genres, or Italian film.