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.

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