Literature Through Film introduces students to the critical viewing and analysis of films with an emphasis on styles, techniques, and ideologies, and with the goal of making students more discerning viewers. This class imparts basic film knowledge through introductory film terminology, scholarly articles, and discussion of artistic techniques within the films. A core objective is expansion of the students' thoughts and perceptions. Film, like all forms of art, is an attempt to communicate “something or other” to its viewer; as for decoding the “meaning,” the class will confront conceptual communications with a list of various terms and devices that are demonstrated within the films. Discussions and explanations will accompany each film viewing in order to assist students' understanding of the interplay of devices and their role within a film's production and meaning.