FILM & LITERATURE
Helen H. Roulston
Office FH 7BIO
Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30
Office: FH 7BIO
TTH 9:00-11:00 T 12:30-2:00
Office Phone: 809-4712
Home Phone: 753-6590
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11. Catalogue Description: This course is a study of the correlations between the film and traditional literary forms.
111. Purpose: This course is designed to teach the student how to analyze novels and plays and their cinematic counterparts. 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 various literary and cinematic treatments of the same story in a three-dimensional, holographic manner. Thus, students will learn the ways each treatment deals with and enhances or detracts from the story. Thus, each story treatment in each section will take on far more importance when studied with its counterparts 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 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, in which a particular story will be analyzed in more than one medium. One class will be devoted to a lecture/discussion on the assigned literary work. Usually excerpts of the film version will be shown and discussed in a panel the following week.
VI. Instructional Activities: The course consists of lectures, discussions, quizzes, exams, outside papers, and conferences when necessary.
VII. Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences: None
VIII. Resources: Students may use 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.
The Racer Oral Communication Center offers free, one-on-one help with all aspects of the presentation process. We provide assistance with topic selection, outlining, research, visual aids, and can video record your presentation. To make an appointment, please call 809-3458 or visit our website (http://comcenter.murraystate.edu) to schedule through our online calendar. To best make use of your time at the Center, please bring a copy of your assignment with you to your appointment.
The Racer Writing Center offers free, one-on-one assistance with all aspects of writing, at any stage in the writing process, and for any class a student may be taking. To make an appointment, please call 809-2267 or drop by the center in the northeast corner of Waterfield Library. To make the best use of your time there, please bring a copy of your assignment with you. The Writing Center will not proofread (mark corrections on) papers or talk with you about grades.
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 (10) on the literary works (10 points).
At least 6 papers (300 word min.) on a precise aspect of a cinematic adaptation (10 points each--60 points).
Optional rewrites or revised essays to improve the grade, writing skills, and chance of having them included in Montage. 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 be encouraged to hand their works via email, especially the revisions. After essays are suitably edited by the professor and the students, the essays, with the students' permission, will be put into HTML format and posted to the latest issue of Montage on the professor's website.
A fair degree of latitude in the choice of topics will be allowed: for example, more than one essay on one cinematic adaptation and/or comparison/contrast essays between two film versions. However, at least two essays must be handed in before midterm grades are assigned.
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 books and films both shown in class and outside, on the class discussions, and on the student essays both from this semester and in the Montage issues from previous years, 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 absence(s). Students missing 3 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. Policy on Academic Honesty
Murray State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation to maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. Instructors are expected to evaluate students’ academic achievements accurately, as well as ascertain that work submitted by students is authentic and the result of their own efforts, and consistent with established academic standards. Students are obligated to respect and abide by the basic standards of personal and professional integrity.
Violations of Academic Honesty include:
Cheating - Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such as books, notes, study aids, or other electronic, online, or digital devices in any academic exercise; as well as unauthorized communication of information by any means to or from others during any academic exercise.
Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves changing information whereas fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information.
Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic work, including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization from the instructor.
Plagiarism - Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative work, or data of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise, without due and proper acknowledgement.
Instructors should outline their expectations that may go beyond the scope of this policy at the beginning of each course and identify such expectations and restrictions in the course syllabus. When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic dishonesty, he or she should investigate the instance. The faculty member should then take appropriate disciplinary action.
Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to the following:
1) Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or do additional related exercise(s).
2) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular exercise(s) involved.
3) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.
If the disciplinary action results in the awarding of a grade of E in the course, the student(s) may not drop the course.
Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any exercise or other evaluative measures if substantial evidence exists that the integ¬rity of the exercise has been compromised. Faculty also reserve the right to document in the course syllabi further academic honesty policy elements related to the individual disciplines.
A student may appeal the decision of the faculty member with the department chair in writing within five working days. Note: If, at any point in this process, the student alleges that actions have taken place that may be in violation of the Murray State University Non-Discrimination Statement, this process must be suspended and the matter be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity. Any appeal will be forwarded to the appropriate university committee as determined by the Provost.
XII. Texts and References:
Archibald, William. The Innocents. A New Play. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1950.
(Copies given to students to be returned at the end of the semester)
Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights. Ed. V. S. Prichett. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,
Riverside Edition, 1956.
Goetz, Ruth, and Augustus Goetz. The Heiress: A Play. New York: Dramatists Play Services, Inc.,
Hecht, Ben, and Charles MacArthur. Wuthering Heights Screenplay. 1939.
(Copies given to students to be returned at the end of the semester)
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's House. New York: Dover, 1992.
James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw. Ed. with an lntrod. by Clarence A. Andrews. New York:
James, Henry. Washington Square. New York: Dover, 1998.
Lerner, Alan J. My Fair Lady & Shaw, George Bernard. Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts. New York: Signet, 1985.
Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. New York: Nal/Dutton, 1985.
Use of Student Essay Journals as Texts in Film Classes
In English 213--Film and Literature--classes, which I have taught on a regular basis since 1978, I have incorporated the best student essays (and I find that many outstanding students have been attracted to these classes) into Montage, class journals for the students in subsequent classes. Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 1996
Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 1999
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2000
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2000
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2001
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2002
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2003
Montage II 2003
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2003
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2004
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2005
Montage II 2005
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2005
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2006
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2007
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2008
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2009
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2010
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2011
Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2012
XIII. Prerequisites: English 101 & 102 or 104 or 105, or the equivalent
XIV. STATEMENT OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment, student admissions, financial aid, student employment and placement or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. For information regarding nondiscrimination policies contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, 270-809-3155.
English 213 Schedule
English 213 Reading Exercises
Film Analysis Guidelines
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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