I. ENGLISH 201-1
Spring 2007
Helen H. Roulston
English and Philosophy

FH 409 Moved to FH 208
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Office FH 7BIO
Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30
TTH 8:30-11:00 T 11:00-2:00
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E-mail: helen.roulston@murraystate.edu
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11. Catalogue Description: This course is designed to develop a broad literary appreciation. This course provides for the study of various genres, fiction, poetry and drama. (This course will also involve a study of the correlations between the genre of film and traditional literary forms.)

111. Purpose: This course is designed to teach the student how to analyze and therefore appreciate novels, plays, short stories and their cinematic counterparts, plus a wide variety of poems. The course is based on the concept of Director Sergei Eisenstein's concept of Montage--one plus one equals three. In other words, students will study literary works and cinematic treatments of some of them in a three-dimensional, holographic manner. Thus, students will learn to appreciate the ways each treatment deals with and enhances or detracts from the story. Thus, the relevant stories will take on far more importance when studied with its cinematic counterpart than each would examined on its own.

IV. Course Objective: Students must learn literary and cinematic terms and techniques and be able to apply them to analyses of the novels and plays, as well as to their cinematic counterparts. Students must be able to discern the ways in which the flimic adaptations are similar to and different from their literary originals and if the adaptations improve upon or detract from their originals.

V. Course Outline: The class will be divided into sections, based on the four literary genres—novel, play, short stories, and poetry. Film versions of the novel, plays, and one short story will be shown. There will often be panel discussions during the last part of the class.

VI. Instructional Activities: The course consists of lectures, discussions—general and panel--, reading exercises, exams, outside papers, and conferences when necessary.

VII. Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences: None

VIII. Resources: Students may use various computer labs to type their papers and the library and the internet to do extra research. Students are encouraged to email the professor about questions related to the course.

IX. Grading Procedures: Students will do a variety of written assignments and serve on at least one panel discussion.
(Or write an extra paper in lieu of the latter).
Brief written assignments on the novels, plays, short stories (10 points).
Brief summaries of the poems (20) points.
An original sonnet to be explicated by another student in the class.
At least 3 papers and 1 take-home midterm (500 word min.) (10 points apiece)
1. Compare a literary technique of any novel or play to the comparable technique in any film.
2. Compare a literary technique of any short story or play to the comparable technique in any film.
3. A textual explication of a sonnet written by another student in the class
4. A mid-term take-home exam
Optional rewrites or revised essays to improve the grade, writing skills. The rewrite grade will be worth 1/4 the total theme grade. Each student may write extra essays, with each one eliminating another essay with a lower grade.
Students will keep journals in a format of their choice, to be handed in twice a semester. In these journals, they will comment on the assigned works and films both shown in class and outside, on the class discussions, plus any outside relevant experiences (10 points).
Students should serve on at least one panel discussion and may serve on more during the semester. Students will be free to select their book/film discussion(s). Each panel discussion will be worth a maximum of 10 points. Students may write an extra paper in lieu of being on a panel.
There will be a two-hour final essay exam (10 points).

The point scale for final grades is below:
A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 E=0-59 1 Panel Discussion
A=98-110 B=88-97.9 C=78-87.9 D=68-77.9 E=0-67.9 2 Panel Discussions
A=108-120 B=96-109.9 C=84-95.9 D=72-83.4 E=0-71.9 3 Panel Discussions
Students must complete all assigned work to get a course grade.

X. Attendance Policy: Students should make every effort to attend class. If they miss a showing of a film, they should make arrangements to see the films on video at another time. Students must offer plausible excuses for any absences). Students missing 10 or more classes without excuses will fail the course. Students are responsible for presenting the professor with valid excuses to avoid being penalized. Students are encouraged to email their excuses to the professor.

XI. Academic Honesty Policy: Students are responsible for following the College of Humanistic Studies policy on academic integrity. "Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's material as one's own or doing work for another person which will receive academic credit) are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports or term papers, or the presentation of acknowledged material as if it were the student's own work. Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the course in which the cheating took place." Students are also responsible for the Academic Honesty policy statement in the latest Undergraduate Bulletin.
XII. Texts and References:


Bausch, Cassill, ed. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 6th ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 2000.

Hunter, Paul, ed. Norton Introduction to Poetry. 9th ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 2002.

Lerner, Alan J. My Fair Lady & Shaw, George Bernard. Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts. New York: Signet, 1985.

Shakespeare, William. Much Ado about Nothing. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin-Signet Classics, Inc., 1996.

Shakespeare, William. Othello. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin-Signet Classics, Inc., 1998.

Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. New York: Macmillian-Collier, 1948.

Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 1996

Montage '96

Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 1999

Montage '99

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2000

Montage 2000

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2000

Montage 2001

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2001

Montage 2002

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2002

Montage 2003

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2003

Montage II 2003

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2003

Montage 2004

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2004

Montage II 2004

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2004

Montage 2005

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2005

Montage 2005 II

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2005

Montage 2006

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2006

Montage 2007

XIII. Prerequisites: English 101 & 102 or the equivalent

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English 201 Schedule of Works, Films, and Assignments

Schedule of Assigned Poems for English Spring 2007

Explication de Texte for Poems

Film Analysis Guidelines

Film Summaries, Film Casts, Film Makers

Film Analysis Guidelines

Movie Sites

Maiden Alley Cinema
112 Maiden Alley Downtown Paducah between Broadway and Kentucky
Movie Line: 1-270-441-7007
Business Office: 1-270-442-7723
Email Address for Up-to-Date Movie Information: info@maidenalleycinema.com

http://www.afionline.org--American Film Institute
http://www.allmovie.com--all-purpose movie reference
http://www.film.com--all-purpose movie reference
http://www.imdb.com (internet movie data base)--perhaps the best all-purpose movie site
http://www.mrqe.com--movie review query engine"
http://www.mrcranky.com--humorous movie reviews
http://www.rottentomatoes.com--recent movie reviews
http://www.suntimes.com--then go to Roger Ebert's section--in-depth on selected films>
http://web3.starwave.com/showbiz/--good all-purpose site about movies
http://www.well.com/user/vertigo/cliches.html--funny stuff about film

Other Sites of Interest

http://www.allmusic.com -- all purpose reference site about music
http://www.digital.library.upenn.edu/books--on-line books, classics and other titles