English 166

Special Topics: Literature in the Century of Film


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2008 Goble, Mark
Goble, Mark
TTh 9:30-11 130 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Stoker, B., Dracula; Dreiser, T., Sister Carrie; Johnson, J. W., The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; West, N., Day of the Locusts; Cendrars, B., Hollywood: Mecca of the Movies; Fitzgerald, F. S., The Last Tycoon; Lambert, G., Inside Daisy Clover; Gibson, W., Pattern Recognition.

Description

This course examines the intersections between literature and visual media in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on film and its cultural effects. We will read novels, short stories, poetry, and essays that not only track the social and historical implications of cinema, but also show how literature tries to understand its situation and appeal among competing media technologies. Lectures and discussions will consider such topics as the status of reading in a culture of looking, the politics of mass popularity, celebrity as a way of life, and the commercial origins of the modern work of art. The course also looks at what happens when �new� media, such as film, grow old and perhaps even die, and charts the literary emergence of film connoisseurship as a response to TV and other technologies that come to challenge film�s place as the century�s dominant medium. Of particular interest will be texts and films that directly address the mythology of Hollywood, as well as writers who borrow from film practice and technique as an aesthetic resource.

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Special Topics: Getting Global: Literature & Film of an Expanding & Unequal World

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Special Topics: Charles Dickens

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Special Topics: Green Thought in a Green Shade

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Special Topics: New Orleans

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Special Topics: The Works of Vladimir Nabokov

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Special Topics: Gothic

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Special Topics: Poetry and Prose of Race and Social Class

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Special Topics: Asian American Literature - World, Nation, Locality

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Special Topics: Realism, Then and Now

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Special Topics: Anton Chekhov

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166/2

Special Topics: Alfred Hitchcock

166/3

Special Topics: Journeys: British World-Building, c. 700-1700

166/4

Special Topics: "this morning's minion": Sonic Mysticism in Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson

166/5

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spring, 2018

166/1

Special Topics: Comedy & Violence

166/2

Special Topics: Romantic Science

166/3

Special Topics: Classical & Renaissance Drama

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Special Topics: Emily Dickinson

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Special Topics: Speculative Fiction

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166/1

Special Topics: Speculative Fictions, Possible Futures

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