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C LIT 240 B: Writing In Comparative Literature

Meeting Time: 
TThF 8:30am - 10:20am
Location: 
MGH 248
SLN: 
11927
Instructor:
Katherine Morrow

Syllabus Description:

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Fall 2016 Comparative Literature 240

Global Documentary, Past and Present

Instructor: Kathy Morrow                                                       Class meetings: TR 8:30-10:20

kjmorrow@uw.edu                                                                                 Mary Gates Hall 248

Office: Padelford B202                                                           Film Screenings: F 8:30-10:20

Office Hours: T 10:30-Noon, W 9:30-11 am and by appointment                                                              

 

Course Description

From its inception, cinema has been inextricably linked to the desire to record the world around us, whether workers leaving the factory next door or recreating Inuit life hundreds of miles away. Within months of the first public film screening in Paris in 1895, the Lumière brothers sent cameramen around the world to share the new medium and to bring back exoticized images for viewers in the west. This course will focus on transnational and global documentaries and ask students to consider questions of voice, perspective, and film form. What does it mean to document and view the world beyond one’s own community, nation, region or hemisphere? How can we envision an increasingly globalized world? What do such films tell us about the nature of documentary cinema, especially when they push the boundaries of the form’s preoccupation with actuality and truth?

This course focuses on the writing process, from sharpening students’ critical eye in order to gather evidence and form a cohesive argument to perfecting a strong paper through the final stages of editing. Students will write frequently, building upon short responses papers and culminating in a final comparative paper. There will be opportunities to rewrite papers, give and receive peer feedback, and work one-on-one with the instructor. Grades will be based on the final versions of papers, active class participation, and thorough preparation. 

 

Absence and Late Policy

I understand everyone gets sick and may have personal issues that interfere with attending class, thus everyone is allowed two absences over the course of the quarter. This means if you are sick, you don’t need to ask permission for leave. You are, however, responsible for contacting a classmate or me to keep up with what you have missed. This also means that going over two absences will negatively affect your participation grade.  For example, if you miss a couple of classes in the first five weeks for personal reasons and then have a cold later in the quarter, those absences will not be excused because you were sick. If you have a serious illness and are going to miss more than two classes, please contact me. Also, let me know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you are going to have trouble meeting a deadline. There are a lot of assignments in this class, and falling behind by even a few days will make it very difficult to keep up.

 

I have a policy of not giving written feedback on late assignments. If you have to turn something in late, you may come to my office hours or set up an appointment to discuss it in person. Successful revision is essential to your final paper grades, and feedback is an important part of the revision process.

 

Email Policy

I will respond to emails within 24 hours of receipt (barring exceptional circumstances). I am happy to answer questions not addressed on this syllabus. I will not give comments on full drafts over email, but I am very willing to discuss a thesis statement. Students who wish to receive more in-depth feedback at any point in the writing process should come to office hours or make an appointment to meet with me at another time.

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is presenting someone else's ideas or writing as your own. In your writing for this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people's thoughts and writing--as long as you cite them. As a matter of policy, any student found to have plagiarized any piece of writing in this class will be immediately reported to the College of Arts and Sciences for review. Students are sometimes unclear about what constitutes plagiarism, so feel free to ask. There is a great explanation on the Purdue OWL site, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/02/.

 

Accomodations

If you need accommodation of any sort, please let me know so that I can work with the UW Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS) to provide what you require. This syllabus is available in large print, as are other class materials. More information about accommodation may be found at http://www.washington.edu/students/drs/.

 

Campus Safety

Preventing violence is everyone's responsibility. If you're concerned, tell someone.

  • Always call 911 if you or others may be in danger.
  • Call 206-685-SAFE (7233) to report non-urgent threats of violence and for referrals to UW counseling and/or safety resources. TTY or VP callers, please call through your preferred relay service.
  • Don't walk alone. Campus safety guards can walk with you on campus after dark. Call Husky NightWalk 206-685-WALK (9255).
  • Stay connected in an emergency with UW Alert. Register your mobile number to receive instant notification of campus emergencies via text and voice messaging. Sign up online at www.washington.edu/alert.

For more information visit the SafeCampus website at http://www.washington.edu/safecampus.

 

Assignments and Grading

  • Paragraph response posts, due on Canvas (5 out of 6) (15%)
  • Three papers, reviewed and revised
    • Paper 1: Sequence Analysis 3-4 pages (15%)
    • Paper 2: Rhetorical Analysis 4-5 pages (20%)
    • Paper 3: Comparative Analysis 5-6 pages (25%)
  • Class Participation (25%), including quizzes, active participation in peer review and class discussions, and any other in-class assignments

 

In recognition of the pressure created by the University of Washington’s use of the 4.0 system, I have restricted the possible grades in my class to better match universities on the letter grading system. Grades will be given as a percentage of 100, and then converted to the following grades and 4.0 system equivalents.

Percentage %

Letter Grade

4.0 Equivalent

94-100

A

4.0

90-93

A-

3.7

87-89

B+

3.3

84-87

B

3.0

80-83

B-

2.7

77-79

C+

2.3

74-77

C

2.0

70-73

C-

1.7

67-69

D+

1.3

64-67

D

1.0

60-64

D-

0.7

 

Screenings and Readings

This courses focuses on the analysis of film texts, so the films are essential parts of the curriculum. The films will usually be shown on Fridays during the scheduled class time. While watching the films is mandatory, attendance at the screenings is not, though it is highly recommended. The films are widely available online, and most are also available as DVDs in the Suzzallo Media Center course reserve. There will be quizzes at the beginning of the class following a screening (usually Tuesdays) to make sure everyone is keeping up with the screening schedule and watching the films attentively.

Readings are also an important part of this course. Critical reading and analysis is essential to improving writing skills. The readings are available as PDFs or library links on the Canvas website.

 

 

Schedule

WEEK ONE: Film Analysis and Documentary Cinema

9/29

Introduction—syllabus and introduction to documentary cinema

 

WEEK TWO: Collecting the World

9/30

Screening 8:30 am: Episodes 1, “A Vision of the World” and 2, “Men of the World,” The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn (BBC, 2007)

10/3 FIRST CANVAS POST DUE at Noon

One-on-one meetings

10/4

Archives of the Planet Discussion

10/6

Reading: Mauro Guillen, “Is Globalization Civilizing, Destructive or Feeble? A Critique of Five Key Debates in the Social Science Literature”

Paper 1 prompt

 

WEEK THREE: Globalization and Montage Documentary

10/7

Screening 8:30 am: Baraka (Ron Fricke,1992)

10/10 Noon: CANVAS POST #2

10/11

Baraka discussion

Sequence Analysis discussion

10/13

Paper #1 Peer Review—bring a hard copy to class

 

WEEK FOUR: Artistic Challenges to Ethnography

10/14

Screening 9:30 am: Reassemblage (Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1982)

10/18

Turn in paper #1 to Kathy, including draft and peer review comments

10/20

Reading: selection from Trinh T. Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

 

WEEK FIVE: Artistic Challenges to Documentary/History

10/21

Screening 9:00 am Bontoc Eulogy (Marlon Fuentes, 1995)

10/24 Noon: CANVAS POST #3

10/25

Reading: MARLON FUENTES, “Extracts from an Imaginary Interview: Questions and Answers about Bontoc Eulogy”

10/27

 

WEEK SIX: Avant-Garde Global Documentary

10/28

Screening 8:30 am: Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)

10/31 Noon: CANVAS POST #4

11/1

Sans Soleil discussion

11/3

Reading: Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”

 

 

WEEK SEVEN: 21ST Century Global Documentary and History

11/4

Screening 8:15 am: Workingman’s Death (Michael Glawogger, 2005)

11/7 Noon: CANVAS POST #5

11/8

11/10

Paper #2 Peer Review—bring a hard copy to class

 

WEEK EIGHT: Contemporary Collaborative Global Documentary 1

11/11 Veteran’s Day, no screening, please watch One Day on Earth (Kyle Ruddick, 2012) over the weekend

11/15

Turn in paper #2 to Kathy, including draft and peer review comments

11/17

Reading: Timothy Corrigan, “Style and Structure in Writing”

 

WEEK NINE: Contemporary Collaborative Global Documentary 2

11/18

Screening 8:30 am: Life in a Day (Kevin Macdonald, 2011)

11/21 Noon: CANVAS POST #6

11/22

11/24-25 Thanksgiving, no class

 

WEEK TEN: Global Documentary Now

11/29

Tuesday Screening, Human (Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2015)

12/1

12/2

 

WEEK ELEVEN: Final Writing Work

12/6

Paper #3 Peer Review—bring a hard copy to class

12/8-9 No class, one-on-one final meetings

 

12/16 3 pm, final versions of paper #3 and any other revisions due

Catalog Description: 
Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements Met: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm
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