Teaching My Fantasy Film and Literature Course

        This course, Film and Literature, has many good works and a few bad. This is in fact my opinion. Obviously some of the works would stay and new ones would be introduced, but it would be completely biased based on what I prefer.

        I think that I should like teaching the 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, and Jack Clayton’s 1961 film version, The Innocents. It displays many mysterious qualities adding to the entertainment value. I much prefer fiction genres of fantasy, and the ghosts help bring out that element. This was a very ambiguous novella, leaving the readers with many possible interpretations, which makes for good discussion tropics and ideas.

        One I would not like, however, would be Tennessee Williams’ 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire, filmed in 1951 by Elia Kazan. There is way too much drama for me in a fiction work. It was very straightforward, and I thought that it was rather unsuspenseful and not entertaining. Film and Literature’s main purpose is entertainment and expression. If a work does not do one of these, in my opinion, it is useless.

        One thing that I should add is something a little more modern and maybe not like the others, such as one of Stephen King’s horror-like novel/film combinations, something to bring some variety to the rest of the class. I felt that most of the works dealt with the same principles in life. Although these are important, there is more to life than them. Different aspects of literature give different views, morals, and outlooks on life.

        Overall, most of the works I should keep. But I should thin the list out and provide more of a variety for all the different students. This would keep them mores entertained and open their eyes to new works and themes. Also film has come a long way, and there are many new modern techniques that should and need to be discussed. Ways to depict film and literature works are constantly changing, and new ideas and possibilities keep arising in both year after year. As technology advances, so do the possibilities for improved and new methods.

        These are some of the things that I enjoyed and would keep, along with things that I did not like. In my opinion there could be improvements to helps students learn more and get the most out of the class. Times is a powerful thing, and it is always moving, creating more and more history for us to learn from.

Brandon Bailey

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