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Forms of Western Narrative, Spring 2004
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Major narrative texts from diverse Western cultures, beginning with Homer and concluding ...

Major narrative texts from diverse Western cultures, beginning with Homer and concluding with at least one film. Emphasis on literary and cultural issues: on the artistic significance of the chosen texts and on their identity as anthropological artifacts whose conventions and assumptions are rooted in particular times, places, and technologies. Syllabus varies, but always includes a sampling of popular culture (folk tales, ballads) as well as some landmark narratives such as the Iliad or the Odyssey, Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, Ulysses, and a classic film. This class will investigate the ways in which the formal aspects of Western storytelling in various media have shaped both fantasies and perceptions, making certain understandings of experience possible through the selection, arrangement, and processing of narrative material. Surveying the field chronologically across the major narrative genres and sub-genres from Homeric epic through the novel and across media to include live performance, film, and video games, we will be examining the ways in which new ideologies and psychological insights become available through the development of various narrative techniques and new technologies. Emphasis will be placed on the generic conventions of story-telling as well as on literary and cultural issues, the role of media and modes of transmission, the artistic significance of the chosen texts and their identity as anthropological artifacts whose conventions and assumptions are rooted in particular times, places, and technologies. Authors will include: Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Christian evangelists, Marie de France, Cervantes, La Clos, Poe, Lang, Cocteau, Disney-Pixar, and Maxis-Electronic Arts, with theoretical readings in Propp, Bakhtin, Girard, Freud, and Marx.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Performing Arts
Anthropology
Psychology
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Cain, James
Film as Visual and Literary Mythmaking, Fall 2005
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This course examines problems in the philosophy of film as well as ...

This course examines problems in the philosophy of film as well as literature studied in relation to their making of myths. The readings and films that are discussed in this course draw upon classic myths of the western world. Emphasis is placed on meaning and technique as the basis of creative value in both media.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Philosophy
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Singer, Irving
Studies in Film, Fall 2005
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Intensive study of films of a particular period or genre, or films ...

Intensive study of films of a particular period or genre, or films by a single director. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic: Technologies of Seeing: Pre-cinema to Early Cinema. This course investigates relationships between two media, film and literature, studying works linked across the two media by genre, topic, and style. It aims to sharpen appreciation of major works of cinema and of literary narrative. The course explores how artworks challenge and cross cultural, political and aesthetic boundaries. It includes some attention to theory of narrative. Films to be studied include works by Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Francis Ford Coppolla, Clint Eastwood, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, and Federico Fellini, among others. Literary works include texts by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Cervantes, HonorĚŠ de Balzac, Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Kibel, Alvin C.
Major Media Texts, Fall 2006
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Intensive close study and analysis of historically significant media "texts" that have ...

Intensive close study and analysis of historically significant media "texts" that have been considered landmarks or have sustained extensive critical and scholarly discussion. Such texts may include oral epic, story cycles, plays, novels, films, opera, television drama and digital works. Emphasizes close reading from a variety of contextual and aesthetic perspectives. Syllabus varies each year, and may be organized around works that have launched new modes and genres, works that reflect upon their own media practices, or on stories that migrate from one medium to another. At least one of the assigned texts are collaboratively taught, and visiting lectures and discussions are a regular feature of the subject.

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Arts and Humanities
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M.I.T.
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Henderson, Diana
Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2006
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Techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form ...

Techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form offered by the computer. Study of the structural properties of book-based narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time and of storyline. Analysis of the structure and evaluation of the literary qualities of computer-based narratives including hypertexts, adventure games, and classic artificial intelligence programs like Eliza. With this base, students use authoring systems to model a variety of narrative techniques and to create their own fictions. Knowledge of programming helpful but not necessary.

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Arts and Humanities
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M.I.T.
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Coleman, Beth
Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison, Fall 2006
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This seminar provides intensive study of exciting texts by four influential American ...

This seminar provides intensive study of exciting texts by four influential American authors. In studying paired works, we can enrich our sense of each author's distinctive methods, get a deeper sense of the development of their careers, and shake up our preconceptions about what makes an author or a work "great." Students will get an opportunity to research an author in depth, as well as making broader comparisons across the syllabus.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Kelley, Wyn
World Literatures: Travel Writing, Fall 2008
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"This semester, we will read writing about travel and place from Columbus's ...

"This semester, we will read writing about travel and place from Columbus's Diario through the present. Travel writing has some special features that will shape both the content and the work for this subject: reflecting the point of view, narrative choices, and style of individuals, it also responds to the pressures of a real world only marginally under their control. Whether the traveler is a curious tourist, the leader of a national expedition, or a starving, half-naked survivor, the encounter with place shapes what travel writing can be. Accordingly, we will pay attention not only to narrative texts but to maps, objects, archives, and facts of various kinds. Our materials are organized around three regions: North America, Africa and the Atlantic world, the Arctic and Antarctic. The historical scope of these readings will allow us to know something not only about the experiences and writing strategies of individual travelers, but about the progressive integration of these regions into global economic, political, and knowledge systems. Whether we are looking at the production of an Inuit film for global audiences, or the mapping of a route across the North American continent by water, these materials do more than simply record or narrate experiences and territories: they also participate in shaping the world and what it means to us. Authors will include Olaudah Equiano, Caryl Philips, Claude L?vi-Strauss, Joseph Conrad, Jamaica Kincaid, William Least Heat Moon, Louise Erdrich, ?lvar N

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Religious Studies
Film and Music Production
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Fuller, Mary
Technology and Nature in American History, Spring 2008
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Subject considers how the visual and material world of "nature" has been ...

Subject considers how the visual and material world of "nature" has been reshaped by industrial practices, beliefs, structures, and activities. Readings in historical geography, aesthetics, American history, environmental and ecological history, architecture, city planning, and landscape studies. Several field trips planned to visit local industrial landscapes. Assignments involve weekly short, written responses to the readings, and discussion-leading. Final project is a photo-essay on the student's choice of industrial site (photographic experience not necessary).

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U.S. History
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M.I.T.
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Pietruska, Jamie
Texts, Topics, and Times in German Literature, Fall 2009
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"In diesem Kurs erhalten Sie einen ?berblick ?ber einige wichtige literarische Texte, ...

"In diesem Kurs erhalten Sie einen ?berblick ?ber einige wichtige literarische Texte, Tendenzen und Themen aus der deutschsprachigen Literatur- und Kulturszene. Wir werden literarische Texte, Gedichte, Theaterst?cke und Essays untersuchen, sowie andere ?sthetische Formen besprechen, wie Film und Architektur. Da alle Texte gleichzeitig in ihrem spezifischen kulturellen Kontext gelesen werden, tragen sie zu einem Verst?ndnis von verschiedenen historischen Aspekten bei. Unter anderen werden folgende Themen und Fragestellungen besprochen: Technologie und deren Einfluss auf die Gesellschaft, Fragen der Ethik bei wissenschaftlicher Arbeit, Konstruktion von nationaler Geschichte und kollektivem Ged?chtnis."

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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Jaeger, Dagmar
Foundations of Theater Practice, Fall 2009
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The goals of this class are two-fold: the first is to experience ...

The goals of this class are two-fold: the first is to experience the creative processes and storytelling behind several of theater's arts and to acquire the analytical skills necessary in assessing the meaning they transmit when they come together in production. Secondly, we will introduce you to these languages in a creative way by giving you hands-on experience in each. To that end, several Visiting Artists and MIT faculty in Theater Arts will guest lecture, lead workshops, and give you practical instruction in their individual art forms.

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Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Sonenberg, Janet
Japanese IV, Spring 2009
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"This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language lessons 17 through 22. It ...

"This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language lessons 17 through 22. It will further develop the four basic skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, that students have acquired through Japanese I, II and III courses, with emphasis on oral communication skills in various practical situations. Students will learn approximately 100 Kanji characters in this course. Sessions in English cover grammar explanation, socio-cultural information and other important issues for using the language, while Japanese lessons focus on the actual use of the language, integrating students' prior knowledge with newly learned patterns, and communicating within the frame given in the class."

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Languages
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M.I.T.
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Nagatomi, Ayumi
Nagaya, Yoshimi
Shingu, Ikue
Writing About Race, Spring 2013
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Does race still matter, as Cornel West proclaimed in his 1994 book ...

Does race still matter, as Cornel West proclaimed in his 1994 book of that title, or do we now live, as others maintain, in a post-racial society? The very notion of what constitutes race remains a complex and evolving question in cultural terms. In this course we will engage this question head-on, reading and writing about issues involving the construction of race and racial identity as reflected from a number of vantage points and via a rich array of voices and genres. Readings will include literary works by such writers as Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, and Sherman Alexie, as well as perspectives on film and popular culture from figures such as Malcolm Gladwell and Touré.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Faery, Rebecca Blevins
Introduction to Literary Theory, Fall 2014
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This subject examines the ways in which we read. It introduces some ...

This subject examines the ways in which we read. It introduces some of the different strategies of reading, comprehending and engaging with literary texts developed in the twentieth century, paying special attention to post-structuralist theories and their legacy. (What poststructuralism means will be discussed often in this course, so don't worry if you don't know what it means right now!) The course is organized around specific theoretical paradigms. In general, we will: (1) work through selected readings in order to see how they determine or define the task of literary interpretation; (2) locate the limits of each particular approach; and (3) trace the emergence of subsequent theoretical paradigms as responses to the achievements and limitations of what came before. The literary texts and films accompanying the theoretical material will serve as concrete cases that allow us to see theory in action. For the most part, each week will pair a text or film with a particular interpretative approach, using the former to explore the latter. Rather than attempting a definitive or full analysis of the literary or film work, we will exploit it (unashamedly -- and indeed sometimes reductively) to understand better the theoretical reading it accompanies.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Raman, Shankar
Gender and Japanese Popular Culture, Fall 2015
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This course examines relationships between identity and participation in Japanese popular culture ...

This course examines relationships between identity and participation in Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding the changing character of media, capitalism, fan communities, and culture. It emphasizes contemporary popular culture and theories of gender, sexuality, race, and the workings of power and value in global culture industries. Topics include manga (comic books), hip-hop and other popular music, anime and feature films, video games, contemporary literature, and online communication. Students present analyses and develop a final project based on a particular aspect of gender and popular culture.

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World Cultures
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Ian Condry
Leadership Stories: Literature, Ethics, and Authority, Fall 2015
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This course explores how we use story to articulate ethical norms. The ...

This course explores how we use story to articulate ethical norms. The syllabus consists of short fiction, novels, plays, feature films and some non-fiction. Major topics include leadership and authority, professionalism, the nature of ethical standards, social enterprise, and questions of gender, cultural and individual identity, and work / life balance. Materials vary from year to year, but past readings have included work by Robert Bolt, Michael Frayn, Timothy Mo, Wole Soyinka, H. D. Thoreau, and others; films have included Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hotel Rwanda, The Descendants, Motorcycle Diaries, Three Kings, and others. Draws on various professions and national cultures, and is run as a series of moderated discussions, with students centrally engaged in the teaching process.

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Management
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Leigh Hafrey
Global Nomads Group: Media Literacy Curriculum (5 day workshop)
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This 5-day curriculum teaches digital storytelling and media literacy skills through engaging ...

This 5-day curriculum teaches digital storytelling and media literacy skills through engaging youth to think critically on issues relevant to their life and future. This unit is guided by the question, "How does media contribute to positive social change?”

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Arts and Humanities
Social Science
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Interactive
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OER Commons
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Author:
Global Nomads Group (GNG)
American Cinema
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Using clips from more than 300 of the greatest movies ever made, ...

Using clips from more than 300 of the greatest movies ever made, this series explores film history and American culture through the eyes of over 150 Hollywood insiders, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Eisner. In-depth treatments present film as a powerful economic force, potent twentieth-century art form, and viable career option. A video instructional series on film history for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 10 one-hour and 3 half-hour video programs.American Cinema connects subjects such as history, business, and English with other studies. In addition, it is a perfect vehicle for developing visual and media literacy skills and can be used as a springboard for creative-writing endeavors and media production.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Film and Music Production
Education
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Lecture
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
Internet Scout Project
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Basic Filmmaking for High School Drama Departments
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This is a course in Narrative Film Production which shows how drama ...

This is a course in Narrative Film Production which shows how drama departments can create short motion pictures as part of a drama class. Currently, we have only one lesson. But eventually, there will be more. And with each lesson, you will participate in the making of a movie based on your own story.

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Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
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Wikiversity
Catch me if you can (movie)
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In de film 'Catch Me If You Can' wordt het bizarre, maar ...

In de film 'Catch Me If You Can' wordt het bizarre, maar waar gebeurde verhaal van Frank Abagnale, een valsmunter en meesteroplichter verteld. Na het lezen van een tekst over Frank Abagnale, beantwoord je er een aantal vragen over.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Activity/Lab
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KlasCement
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KlasCement
Author:
Vlaams Ministerie Van Onderwijs En Vorming
Ecrire le compte-rendu d'un film
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Lors d'un premier exercice, tu lis une série de comptes-rendus positifs. Le ...

Lors d'un premier exercice, tu lis une série de comptes-rendus positifs. Le second exercice te permet de lire plutôt des comptes-rendus négatifs. Relève chaque fois quels sont les mots et formules utilisées pour juger positivement ou négativement un film. Rédige ensuite toi-même le compte-rendu d'un film.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
KlasCement
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KlasCement
Author:
Vlaams Ministerie Van Onderwijs En Vorming