English 24

Freshman Seminar: Ang Lee Films and James Schamus' screenplays


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2009 Hutson, Richard
Hutson, Richard
M 12-1 108 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Austen, J.:  Sense and Sensibility; Moody, R.:  The Ice Storm

Description

For this seminar, we will look at four of Ang Lee’s films and at two of the novels that are the sources of two of the films. Two of the screenplays were written by Lee’s producer and friend, James Schamus: The Wedding Banquet and Ride with the Devil. Students will be expected to screen the films on their own, outside of class, and are expected to participate in class discussions. Students are also required to read two (of three) of the novels that are the source of the screenplays. (Students may choose to read Daniel Worrell’s Woe to Live On, also entitled Ride with the Devil, instead of one of the in-print books.  It is available as a used book from on-line bookstores.) There will be a short paper (4-6 double space pages) due at the end of the class.

This course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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