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American Literature and Film

Enrolment code: HEA228/328

Offered: not offered in 2003

Unit description:

Examines two cultural domains of post 1960s America: the New Hollywood of the mid 1960s; and the various novels and poems written in the US since 1960, sometimes called ‘postmodern American writing’. The connections between these two broad cultural domains are considered through examples of adaptations (Elmore Leonard, Robert Stone, Ann Tyler; or Ang Lee-James Schamus adaptations of novels such as The Ice Storm and Woe to Live On ), through literary-filmic overlaps in ‘slacker’ fiction (Richard Linklater’s ‘Slackers,’ and Michael Homburg’s Bongwater ); and in recent novels that draw explicitly on earlier forms of American film and writing (Stewart O’Nan’s The Speed Queen, Scott Phillips’ The Ice Harvest, Rick Harsch’s The Driftless Zone ).

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Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern 2-hr seminar and 3-hr seminar in alternate weeks (13 wks) Timetable
Prerequisites 25% at level 100 in English or equiv  
Assessment mode 3,000-word essay (60%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc Neale S & Smith M (eds), Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Film and literary texts tba
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] English  
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)  
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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