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  1. 1. ENGLISH 1TCV: TEXT, CRITICISM AND THE VISUAL Information for Students - 2006 The Scope and Aims of the Subject In TCV we study a range of literary texts and films based on the literary texts. The literary texts include popular and ‘classic’ works, and a play by Shakespeare. The films are all recent. Our aim is to treat the literary texts and the films as independent narratives, but also to use literary texts and films to illuminate each other. We will discuss the differences and similarities in emphasis, meaning and effect; we will consider details - selection, omission, addition, alteration - and general matters concerned with the way these literary texts and these films tell their stories and make their meanings. Issues of gender and genre, modernization and ‘authenticity’, will be discussed where the opportunity arises. We will give some consideration to what might be meant by describing some of the texts and films as ‘popular’ and some as ‘classic’. You should read all the literary texts and view all the films. You will need to own copies of all the literary texts; they are on sale in the Bookshop. Videos of the films will be available for viewing in the libraries at Bundoora, Albury/Wodonga and Mildura and also in the English department at Bundoora (see Marie Mackenzie, room 526). Most of the films are to be found in your local video store. Texts in the order in which they are taught are as follows: Trainspotting (novel by Irvine Welsh, film directed by Danny Boyle); Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K Dick) and Blade Runner (Ridley Scott); Persuasion (novel by Jane Austen, film directed by Roger Michell); Washington Square (novel by Henry James, film directed by Agnieska Holland); Romeo and Juliet (play by William Shakespeare, films directed by Franco Zeffirelli and by Baz Luhrmann). Note that Do Androids is also published as Blade Runner; either edition is fine, as long as it is by Philip K Dick (there’s a Blade Runner novelization by K W Jeter which is not relevant to our purposes). (There’s also a short, simplified edition of Do Androids published for ESL students. Avoid this edition.) * Lecture/Seminars and Tutorials 1TVC will be taught in a combination of a two-hour lecture/seminar, and a one- hour tutorial per week. The lecture/seminar at Bundoora is on Tuesdays, 1-3 in the Agora Cinema. The tutorials will be organized at the first lecture and will commence in the second week of semester. There will be a wide choice of times for the tutorials. Work in the subject is organized in two-week blocks (‘units’) in the following way. In the first week of the unit, there will be a lecture on the literary text, followed by a half hour or so for questions and discussion, or a screening of part of the relevant film. The tutorials in the first week will discuss the literary text. (You need to read all of it before the lecture and tutorial.) In the second week, there will be a discussion of the corresponding film. This will usually involve the screening and discussion of a number of sequences. The tutorials in the second week will discuss the film, and make comparisons between film and literary text. Romeo and Juliet will have three weeks (we’ll discuss the films by Zeffirelli and Luhrmann).
  2. 2. Assessment is detailed below. Please note that although you will mainly be assessed on your written assignments, attendance at lectures and tutorials is obligatory. Collective discussion is a central part of university work. This is particularly so in this subject. Opportunities for discussion - collectively working out ideas, responses and problems - are many in this subject. Tutorial groups will sometimes be larger than is desirable; this circumstance is a result of the financial situation of universities. Please turn off mobile phones in lectures and tutorials. Web CT This facility will be explained in the first lecture. The subject website will give you access to basic information (timetable, assignment topics), links to useful web sites, a chat room for vigorous and wide-ranging (but not rude!) discussion and a facility for emailing the subject co-ordinator. There will also be material on E reserve, accessed through the Library website. General Information about School of English For general information about School of English and all the School's procedures, you should obtain a copy of the Essential Guide for Students in the School of English, available from outside the English general office (Humanities 2, room 526). Assessment You are required to submit two assignments each of 1,500 words, each worth 35% of your final mark. You have to submit 5 class preparation exercises, one for each unit. The class preparation exercises are worth 20% of your final mark. Contribution to class work is worth 10% of your final mark. The first assignment will involve comparisons of parts/specific aspects of novels and films; there will be a choice of questions on Trainspotting and Do Androids/Blade Runner. The second assignment will involve more general essay type questions; there will be a choice of questions on all the literary texts and films. Note that you may not write on the same text or film for both assignments. The class preparation exercises will involve brief questions on the novel/film to be discussed in each tutorial. They are designed to help you prepare for the tutorials. Provided that you’ve read the book/viewed the film, you should be able to do each class preparation exercise in about half an hour. With each unit (that is, pairing of literary text and film) you choose which preparation exercise you do. This means you do a preparation exercise roughly once a fortnight.
  3. 3. Assignment Length Due Date Value First 1500 words 1 September 35% Second 1500 words 30 October 35% Preparations x5 about half a page at tutorial 20% Class contribution 10% Total: 100% Late Penalties and Extensions If you have difficulty in submitting an assignment by the due date you should notify your tutor well before the submission date. At the tutor's discretion a penalty of two percentage points per working day may be deducted from the mark you receive. Work that is more than ten days late without extension or explanation will not be accepted if there are no grounds for special consideration. Each class preparation exercise should be submitted to the tutor at the beginning of the class for which it is a preparation. You have to do 5. You are entitled to ask for an essay to be remarked if you are unhappy about the mark. In the first instance you should consult your tutor about any such request. Please see Essential Guide for details of procedures to be followed. Assignments that have been awarded a fail or an A have always been double marked. Subject Requirements Written work: You cannot pass 1TVC unless you submit the two assignments. Tutorials: Attendance at tutorials is obligatory. If you attend less than 50% of tutorials you will forfeit all marks for class contribution and may also fail the subject on the grounds that you have not met subject requirements. Coverage of texts: You cannot write on the same work (literary text or film) in both assignments. Provisional nature of marks: University regulations provide that all marks allotted for written work submitted in a subject are provisional until confirmed by the Examiners Meeting at the end of the year. All written work submitted may be recalled at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Department. It is your responsibility to keep a photocopy of all the written work you submit until the end of the year.
  4. 4. Written Work: Use of Secondary Material Assignments must show, by means of footnotes and a bibliography, all sources from which material has been obtained. Quotations from critics must be acknowledged in footnotes. If a critic is being paraphrased the source (including page number) must be given. You should work into your text a clear indication of where paraphrased material begins and ends - a footnote at the end of a paragraph is usually too vague as an indication of what is being acknowledged. The bibliography should include all works consulted in the preparation of the piece - even if this is only the primary text under discussion. Failure to follow these standard scholarly guidelines - which, in effect, means to plagiarise material - will be regarded with the utmost seriousness. If you are in any doubt as to what might constitute plagiarism, consult your tutor. For further information about the preparation of written work you should consult the Essential Guide Problems If you experience any problems you should take them up in the first instance with your tutor or the subject coordinator. It is a good idea to bring any problem to the attention of someone in the School as soon as possible. If you have any queries about any aspect of the subject, or need further information, please contact Chris Palmer, the subject coordinator, in the Program in English, room 507, Humanities 2 building, or via the subject web site.