Engl 297E is a writing workshop, eligible for the C or W credit, offered in conjunction w/, but entirely distinct from, Prof. Mahadevan’s Cinema & Media Studies 272A: Perspectives on Film: Genre – Cult Cinema course. Prof. Mahadevan’s lecture course provides our course with content, readings, questions, & occasions to write. Writing in Engl 297E aims at extended practice in close watching, argument formulation, & genre analyses in cinema studies. Because CMS 272A lacks discussion sections this time around, I imagine we will discuss material from CMS 272A readings & lectures more than we usually would in a writing link.
The only required text is a cheap paperback writing guide & materials from CMS 272A. Any additional reading for Engl 297E will be posted online.
Engl 297E has three major written assignments all of which will go through stages of revision & w/ each assignment worth 25% of the grade. 3 or so short, minor written assignments lead into or are a part of each major written assignments, & minor assignments are worth 15% of the grade. 10% of the grade comes from participation (peer review & instructor conferences for each major assignment, short in-class writing, group work, etc.).
The first paper is scene analysis from one of the films from CMS 272A (you will probably have a choice of scenes from horror films Freaks, Night of the Living Dead, 2000 Maniacs!, Bubba Ho-Tep, or Videodrome) . The second assignment may support Prof. Mahadevan's writing assignment in CMS 272A or may be something else. The third paper most likely is a comparative analysis that asks you to situate a cult film (probably any cult film) in terms of one of the genres discussed in CMS 272A reading. For extra credit, I will have a late afternoon film screening or two & ask folks to write an analysis of the film. Student input & suggestion for the second & third major assignments & extra credit films are quite welcome.
Cult cinema is quite frequently a cinema of sexuality &/or violence. This course, like CMS 272A, will provide an intellectual context to discuss these films, but be advised of these contents before enrolling.