E 379S • Film Noir: Texts and Films
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
As part of our University-directed self-assessment project, the English Department has initiated an ePortfolio program for English majors. You will be asked to submit, in electronic form, two documents--a one page essay on the English major and a copy of your final paper for the seminar. Additionally, you will be asked to complete a brief four question survey. During the semester, you will receive details from your instructor or from the English Department on completing the survey and submitting the documents on your senior seminar's Blackboard website.
This course will focus on a group of films from The Maltese Falcon to Body Heat, and the various novels, short stories, and screenplays that fed into these films. I know we will do the following films and novels to start the course:
The Maltese Falcon, novel and film
Double Indemnity, novel and film
Farewell, My Lovely, novel, and Murder, My Sweet, film
Mildred Pierce, novel and film
The Big Sleep, novel and film
We will talk about where to go after these introductory works. Possible titles include The Killers, Out of the Past, The Lady From Shanghai, Criss Cross, Gun Crazy, The Big Combo, Kiss Me Deadly, and Body Heat, plus any titles that you might want to make a case for. I am going to put together a short packet of ancillary readings for the course and may pass out some supplementary readings as the course progresses.
How much can we do? I would like to do a film a week, but that might not work. We'll discuss this at the first class meeting.
Work for the course: three short papers, 4-5 pages in length, one longer final paper, 8-10 pages in length. This is a substantial writing component course and you will be asked to write and rewrite.
Class participation 10%