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FILM 41.09 - History of Animation

This is a course guide for FILM 41.09.

Course description

This course is an introduction to the history and development of the field of animation. We will explore this subject from various perspectives: by chronology, from its prehistory before the invention of film to the present day; by form. including, method and medium; by culture, comparing the US to Japan, Russia, Europe and others; by subject; and by personality, concentrating on the figures who have shaped the art form and continue to influence it through their example. Students are expected to bring an enthusiastic interest in the medium, and to devote serious effort to reading about, viewing, researching and discussing animation and the artists who have created it.

[Source: ORC/Catalog, 07/19/2023]; Dist:ART

In the Library's collections

Resources about Animation and Animated films are split between two libraries.

Sherman Art Library has a wide range of books about animation and the art of drawing animation. Most books would be in the call number range NC 1765 through NC 1766. Baker-Berry Library has books on animated films, their history and criticisms with the call number of PN 1997.5 on Baker Level 4.

You can use one of these subject headings below to start your research in the library's online catalog:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

A selected list of Animated titles

Find more animated films in the collection which you can view online.

Finding scholarly articles & journal title(s)

Articles and other writings about animation can be found in many publications. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find articles or use the search box at top of the page.

Internet resource(s)

Citing and Tracking Your Bibliographic References

Use this guide to help you learn how to correctly cite and keep track of the references you find for your research.

Keeping up with Film Studies journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Film Studies? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's, you can download and read the articles you want from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's also available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.