Lewis, Jon. “Introducing Film Studies.” Cinema Journal 50.3 (2011): 93-95. Web.
Jon Lewis recounts his initial foray into the teaching of Film Studies at Oregon State University. It was in fact he, who pioneered the introduction of the course to the University curriculum in 1985. He managed to negate the preconceived notion of reading ‘Film as literature’ which had previously been the way films were studied.
Lewis’s focus has primarily been on film history delving into much more deeper ideas later on. He talks about his disenchantment with the canon but finds himself with no other viable alternative. He stresses on the need to locate films in a historic and socio-political context in which they were made apart from the visual and stylistic markers present in the movie.