EN 314

NOVELS INTO FILM

 

 

Dr. Eleanor Swanson

Office: Carroll Hall 124

Office Hours: TTh 8:00-9:00, W 8:30-11:30

Other times by arrangement

Telephone: 303.458.4147

e-mail: eswanson@regis.edu or eswanson2@mindspring.com

website: http://academic.regis.edu/eswanson

 

TEXTS

 

The Maltese Falcon, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Color Purple, Housekeeping, The Remains of the Day.  Novels and films.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES 

 

The novel is a linguistic medium and film is a visual one.  Films and novels have different histories, audiences and modes of production.  They are, in short, distinct different genres and require different modes of “reading” and analysis. In this course we will study the novel-into-film phenomenon, in order to understand characteristics of both genres as well as the differences between them.

 

SCHEDULE/READING ASSIGNMENTS

 

8/27                 Introduction to course

                         

9/3                   The Maltese Falcon (novel)

 

9/10                 The Maltese Falcon (film)                                           

           

9/17                 Discussion of The Maltese Falcon: novel and film

                        One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Introduction to the novel. 

 

9/24                 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (film)


                       

10/1                 The Color Purple (novel)

           

 

10/8                 The Color Purple (film)

                        Paper #1 due

 

 

10/15               Midterm Examination

                        The Color Purple, cont.

 

10/22               Discussion of The Color Purple, novel and film

                        Student presentations

 

10/29               Housekeeping (novel)

                       

11/5                 Housekeeping (film)

 

11/12               Discussion of the novel and film.

                        Paper #2 due

 

11/19               The Remains of the Day (novel)

 

11/26               Thanksgiving Holiday

 

12/3                 The Remains of the Day (film)

                        Discussion of novel and film.

                        Concluding discussion of course issues.

 

12/8                 Final Examination: Monday, December 8, 1:15 p.m.

 

 

Plagiarism policy

Representing the work of others as your own, no matter the source (scholarly essays, internet, student work, purchased papers, etc.) will result in failure of the course. 

 

Students with disabilities

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, I will make every effort to meet the reasonable accommodations request of students with documented disabilities.  (If you have a documented disability, please see Joie Williams as soon as possible; her extension is 3666).  Following your meeting with Ms Williams, please meet with me to discuss your accommodation request.

 

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT ABSENCE POLICY

 

For a course that meets once a week, the student may take up to two absences without penalty.  With the third absence, the student loses one full letter grade on his/her final grade for the course. With the fourth absence, the student fails the course. For a course that meets two times per week, the student may take up to four absences without penalty.  With the fifth absence, the student loses one full letter grade on his/her final grade for the course. With the sixth absence, the student fails the course.

 

 

 

For a course that meets three times per week, the student may take up to six absences without penalty.  With each of the seventh and eighth absences, the student loses one half of a letter grade on his/her final grade for the course. With the ninth absence, the student fails the course.

 

With six absences in a two-meeting-per-week class or nine absences in a three-meeting-per-week class, the student has missed three full weeks of a fourteen-week course.  That’s over 20% of the course’s classroom time, and the English Department feels that students shouldn’t miss that much of the class’s content, no matter the reason.  The line may be arbitrary, but in the Department’s judgment the student will benefit more by retaking the class than by trying to make up independently what he/she has missed through absence.

 

A student whose absences are the result of truly exceptional or catastrophic circumstances may petition the Department in writing for an exemption from this policy.  The Department will review the petition, and its decision will be final.   

 

               

How your grade is determined:        

 

            Two papers                  30%

            (evaluation criteria:

                handed in on time  2.5 pts.

                good use of secondary source material  5 pts.

                attention to focus, organization,

                style, support       5 pts.

                attention to conventional usage and mechanics  2.5 pts.

                [including bibliographic conventions])

                Papers should be 3-4 typed pages and must include at least two

                secondary sources.

 

            Quizzes                        25%

            (Note:  There will be a quiz on every novel, preceding our discussion.)

 

            Midterm                       20%

 

            Final                             20%

 

            Class participation        5%

 

            5 pts. possible credit for one of the following:

                        -lead a class discussion

                                -write an extra paper

                                -revise both papers

                                -revise one paper twice