Dr. Catherine Akel
English & Humanities Dept.
October 26, 2006
EGL 242W: Film and Literature
This course aims to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of both film and literature through reading literary works and viewing film adaptations of these works. As a writing intensive class, students will complete two five- to six-page papers, mid-term and final exams, and short writing assignments in and outside class.
High-stakes Writing Assignments
Two five- to-six page papers are required, plus a Works Cited page. They are to be prepared in the MLA Format, size 12 font.
These papers are documented essays (rather than research papers). The material will consist primarily of student opinions and insight into the movies and texts used in class with supporting materials, such as book or film reviews, perhaps an article (scholarly or “popular”) about the movie and/or book, etc.
The papers may consist of a critical review or an analysis of the text and movie and/or additional versions of the movie, how the movie does or does not conform to the text, why and how the movie was adapted, whether or not the adaptation was successful, a comparison to a remake of the movie or to a version of the movie that was produced earlier, how these movies are or are not successful adaptations of the text; students may come up with their own topics regarding the movie and book as well.
Papers should be revised as appropriate. Revised papers are due one week after the return of the original paper to the student.
Low-stakes Writing Assignments
Low-stakes assignments will include pre-writing assignments focused on the texts. Assignments will be due on the first day of discussion of the text and movie. The focus of the assignment will be on a thorough reading of passage(s) in the text that are crucial to a discussion of the text and movie adaptation. Also, there will be an occasional short in-class writing in response to texts and lectures. These writings will be assigned during the on-going discussion of the text and movie and/or at the completion of discussion of the text and movie.
Mid-term and Final Exams
The Mid-term and Final Exams will be [in class] essays based on the movies, texts, and class discussions.
*Syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the professor.
**Participation is directly related to attending class, participating in discussion, reading the assigned material, being prepared for class (with appropriate texts and writing materials), and completing assigned work.
Documented Essay Paper Directions
Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions,
including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
According to the MLA Handbook, 5th edition, “Plagiarism, then, constitutes intellectual theft” (30). When you use the ideas of another, summarize a paragraph, chapter or other written material, paraphrase (put someone else’s words into your own words), you MUST document the source of that original material.
When in doubt, DOCUMENT!!!
A student who plagiarizes all or part of an assignment will receive an F for the course.
Introduction to Film and Literature
Jan. 24th through Feb. 12th
Modern Drama and Horror:
Movie: House of Sand and Fog; text: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Movie: Psycho; text: Psycho by Robert Bloch
Feb. 14th through Feb. 9th, 21st & 26th
Movie: Strangers on a Train; text: Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
Movie: The Third Man; text: The Third Man by Graham Greene
Wed., Feb. 28th, to Sun., March 4th Spring Break
March 5th through 26th
First Paper due March 19th
Movie: M*A*S*H; text: M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
Movie: Apocalypse Now; text: The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Mon., April 2nd, through Mon., April 9th, Religious Holidays
April 11th through April 30th
Plays on Film
Movie: Biloxi Blues; text: Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon
Movie: Bell, Book and Candle; text: Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten
May 2nd through May 14th
Second Paper due May 2nd
Movie: Stagecoach; Short Story: “Stage to Lordsburg” by Ernest Haycox
Movie: High Noon; Short Story: “The Tin Star” by John M. Cunningham