Fall 2004 Office Hours: M/W 1-2 and by appt.
This course will explore the various relationships between film and literature with a thematic emphasis on self and society. The course will begin with an introduction to narrative structures in literature and film and to links between the written word and the visual image. We will analyze thematically representative examples of novels, short stories, and films as individually significant texts and, where appropriate, as cinematic adaptations of literary originals. We will also look at film genres. Students will complete a research project that incorporates film theory.
By the end of the course, students should be able to
--identify important literary forms;
--identify important cinematic techniques;
--identify the aesthetics of literature and film;
--critically analyze theme in films and literature;
--explain how narrative structures are transferred to visual images;
--identify various literary and cinematic genres and place specific works in their
--explain how literature and film express social communication;
--apply at least one critical approach to analyzing literature and film.
Phillips. Film: An Introduction
Conrad. Heart of Darkness
Selected short films and excerpts
Short responses 20%
One 8-10 page research project 20%
Final Exam 20%
• Please come to class on time. If you are more than fifteen minutes late on two occasions, it will be counted as one absence.
• Only 3 absences are allowed. If you miss more than this, your grade will be lowered 5 percentage points per absence. If you miss 6 classes you can expect a failing grade.
• Work done in class can not be made up if you are absent.
• Late papers will be dropped 5% for each day late.
Any work that you submit to me must be your own; any words, ideas, or data that you borrow from another and include in your work must be properly documented. Any student who plagiarizes may fail the course and will be reported to the Vice President of Instruction.
Week of Aug 30 Introduction
Week of Sept 6 Chapter 1
Week of Sept 13 Chapter 2
Week of Sept 20 Chapter 3
Week of Sept 27 Chapters 5 and 6
Week of Oct 4 Chapters 7 and 9
Week of Oct 11 Text/film handouts/excerpts from Psycho and Shawshank Redemption
Week of Oct 18 Midterm
Oct 25-Nov 3 The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, American Beauty
Nov 5-15 Emma, Clueless
Nov 17-24 Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now
Nov 29-Dec 8 The Birds
Week of Dec 10 Conferences
Dec 17 Final
Research Papers Due