DEPARTMENT: ENGLISH AND PHILOSOPHY COURSE PREFIX: ENG                        COURSE NUMBER: 213-1                        CREDIT HOURS: 3

             This course is a study of the correlations between the film and traditional literary forms.
Prerequisites: English 104 or 105, or the equivalent

             Students will be able to 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.
             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 be able to study various literary and cinematic treatments of the same story in a three-dimensional, holographic manner. Thus, students will be able to 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.

             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.

             The course consists of lectures, discussions, quizzes, exams, outside papers, and conferences when necessary.



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:
             Airmont, 1967.

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. See below.

             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 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.

For further information please visit this website:
Racer Writing Center

             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.

              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.

             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 integrity 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.

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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 Fall 2004

Montage 2005

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Spring 2005

Montage II 2005

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2005

Montage 2006

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2006

Montage 2007

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2007

Montage 2008

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2008

Montage 2009

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2009

Montage 2010

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2010

Montage 2011

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2011

Montage 2012

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2012

Montage 2013

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2013

Montage 2014

Journal of Student Essays from Film and Literature Fall 2014

Montage 2015


English 213 Schedule

English 213 Reading Exercises

Film Analysis Guidelines

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