Updated Schedule for LITR 400: Narrative in Film and Literature (Winter 2013)

 

Check handouts for your group number and an explanation of the homework tasks: /groups.htm and /hmwk.htm. Readings are available either in the Electronic Reserves (ER) or in one of the two course books, Fun Home or the Narrative Reader (NR) anthology.  The homework abbreviations are as follows: Response applying the required theory to the weekly film (RsF); Discussion question on the required theory (DqT

); Discussion question on the weekly film (DqF); No homework assigned that week (n/a); Asterisks (**) mean that the film is on reserve at the library—simply go to the circulation desk.

Week 1:
January 8

Introduction of Students, Course, & Topic

Week 2:
January 15

Film: Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump (1994)

Literature: Alison Bechdel, Fun Home **

Week 3:
January 22

Film: Sam Mendes, American Beauty (1999) **

Literature: Finish Bechdel’s Fun Home **

Background: Narrative Reader, Introduction, Part 1 [NR 1–10]

Theory: John Berger, Ways of Seeing [ER]

optional theory: Lauren Berlant, “Theory of Infantile Citizenship” [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (RsF); Group 2 (DqT); Group 3 (n/a); Group 4 (RsF); Group 5 (DqF);  Group 6 (n/a); Group 7 (QT)

Week 4:
January 29

Film: Kimberly Peirce, Boys Don’t Cry (1999) **

Theory: Judith Butler, Gender Trouble [ER]

Criticism: Judith Halberstam, “Transgender Gaze” [ER]

optional theory: Susan Stryker, “An Introduction to Transgender” [ER]

other optional reading: Lisa Duggan, “Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case” [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (QT); Group 2 (RsF); Group 3 (DqT); Group 4 (n/a); Group 5 (RsF); Group 6 (DqF);  Group 7 (n/a)

Week 5:
February 5

Film: Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother [Todo sobre mi madre] (1999) **

Background: Narrative Reader, Introduction, Part 2 [NR 10–20]

Theory: José Muñoz, Introduction to Disidentifications [ER]

optional theory: Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces” [ER]

other optional reading: Chapter from Film Analysis on All About My Mother [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (n/a); Group 2 (QT); Group 3 (RsF); Group 4 (DqT); Group 5 (n/a); Group 6 (RsF); Group 7 (DqF)

Week 6:
February 12

Film: Billy Wilder, Sunset Blvd. (1950) **

Background: Narrative Reader, Introduction, Part 3 [NR 20–29]

Theory: Jacques Derrida, “Law of Genres” [NR 220+]

Other Required Theory: Plato, “Allegory of the Cave” [NR 37+]

optional theory: Benjamin, Abridged “Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (DqF);  Group 2 (n/a); Group 3 (QT); Group 4 (RsF); Group 5 (DqT); Group 6 (n/a); Group 7 (RsF)

Week 7:
February  19

Film: Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989) **

Theory:  Ella Shohat, abridged “Tropes of Empire” [ER]

Other Required Theory: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man” [NR 288+]

optional theory: bell hooks, “Postmodern Blackness” [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (RsF); Group 2 (DqF);  Group 3 (n/a); Group 4 (QT); Group 5 (RsF); Group 6 (DqT); Group 7 (n/a)

Week 8:
February 26

No Class: Begin work on the Research Proposal (/essay.htm)

Week 9:
March 5

No Class (Winter Recess)

Week 10:
March 12

Film: Stephen Frears, Dirty Pretty Things (2002) **

Theory: Benedict Anderson, Abridged “Imagined Communities” [ER]

Other Required Theory: Arjun Appadurai, “Here and Now” [ER]

optional theory: Edward Said, abridged “Imagined Geographies” [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (n/a); Group 2 (RsF); Group 3 (DqF);  Group 4 (n/a); Group 5 (QT); Group 6 (RsF); Group 7 (DqT)

Week 11:
March 19

Film: Christopher Nolan, Memento (2000) **

Theory: Frederic Jameson, “Postmodernism and Consumer Society” [ER]

Other Required Reading: “Researching and Writing about Film” [ER]

optional theory: Peter Brooks, “Reading for the Plot” [NR 145–52]

* Homework: Group 1 (DqT); Group 2 (n/a); Group 3 (RsF); Group 4 (DqF);  Group 5 (n/a); Group 6 (QT); Group 7 (RsF)

Week 12:
March 25

JNT Dialogue: Jose Muñoz and Samuel Delany (6PM in the Student Center Auditorium)

Week 12:
March 26

Optional individual conferences on research projects in lieu of regular class (PH 603J)

Week 12:
March 28 (9 PM)

Research Proposal Due (/essay.htm) by email attachment to abbcoy at gmail.com by 9:00 PM March 28

Week 13:
April 2

Film: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Literature: Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain” [ER]

Criticism: Joseph Boggs, “Film Adaptation” [ER]

* Homework: Write a response comparing/contrasting some aspect of the literary and filmic versions of Brokeback Mountain, incorporating quotes from Proulx, Boggs, and a work of theory listed on the schedule before March 25.

Week 14:
April 9

Film: Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) **

Theory: Horkheimer and Adorno, abridged “Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception” [ER]

optional theory: Fredric Jameson, “Class and Allegory” (on Dog Day Afternoon) [ER]

* Homework: Group 1 (DqT); Groups 2 & 3 (DqF);  Group 4 (QT); Groups 5, 6, & 7 (n/a)

Week 15:
April 16

Film: Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Theory: Aristotle, “Plot,” The Poetics (NR 39+)

optional theory: Jean Baudrillard, abridged “Simulacra and Simulations” [ER]

* Homework: Groups 1–4 (n/a); Group 5 (DqT); Group 6 3 (DqF); Group 7 (QT)

Week 16:
April 23

* Term Paper Due & Research Presentations (/essay.htm). Email your paper to abbcoy at gmail.com by class time; if you want commentary, bring a hard copy, together with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to class so that I can return it to you.