Archetype and Element

Here are two kinds of story, again from our TMA 114/Narrative Structures class.

Week 2: Archetypal Narrative

Read: Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”;  (; Chekhov, Surgery, Gusev (; Ovid/Hughes, The Golden Age; Perreault, Tom Thumb

Listen: Bing Crosby, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues” 

View: Kroitor/Low/O’Connor/Daly, In the Labyrinth; Kinoshita, The Ballad of Narayama

Discuss: youth and age, idiot/savants, auteurism and structuralism, genre, myth and truth, magnitude, narratology and the big ideas, avoiding stereotype

Supplementary, books: Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Alexander, The Book of Three, etc., Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Bhagavad-Gita, Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting, Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks, Bronte, Jane Eyre, Colum, The Children’s Homer/The Children of Odin, Conrad, The Heart of Darkness, Hammett, Red Harvest, Hess, Siddhartha, Ibsen, Hedda Gabler, Kingsley, The Water Babies, Kipling, Puck of Pook’s Hill, Laurence, The Stone Angel, Le Guin, The Wizard of Earthsea, Lewis, Perelandra, London, The Sea Wolf, Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, McKay Brown, Magnus, McLeod, Island, Melville, Billy Budd, Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, Rulfo, Pedro Paramo, Saramago, Blindness, Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet/A Midsummernight’s Dream, Sophocles, Oedipus, Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Sutcliff, Warrior Scarlet, Tolkein, The Hobbit, Traven, The Bridge in the Jungle, West, The Day of the Locust, Wharton, Icefields, Wiesel, Night, Williams, The Three Toymakers, Yeats, Celtic Twilight

Supplementary, films: Angelopolous, Landscapes in the Mist, Bergman, The Naked Night/The Seventh Seal/The Magic Flute, Blomkamp, District 9, Boetticher, Seven Men From Now, Boorman, Deliverance, Bresson, Pickpocket, Browning, Freaks, Campion, The Piano, Chaplin, The Kid/Modern Times, Chabrol, Le Boucher, Chomet, The Illusionist, Cocteau, Beauty and the Beast/Orpheus, Coen, Fargo, Cronenberg, A History of Violence, Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, DeMille, The Cheat, Dieterle, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby, Ford, The Iron Horse/Young Mr. Lincoln/My Darling Clementine/Wagonmaster, Gance, La Roue, Haro, Mother of Mine, Hawks, His Girl Friday/ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Herzog, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Huston, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Ichikawa, Fires on the Plain, Jansco, The Red and the White, Jordan, In the Company of Wolves, Keaton, Our Hospitality, Khan, Mother India, Kim, Treeless Mountain, King, Tol’able David/Stella Dallas, Kozintsev, King Lear, Lang, Die Niebelungen/ Rancho Notorious, Lean, Oliver Twist, Mann, The Man from Laramie, Melies, Blue Beard, Moore/ Twomey, The Secret of Kells, Murnau, Nosferatu/Sunrise/Tabu, Paradjanov, Legends of Forgotten Ancestors, Pastrone, Cabiria, Polanski, Oliver Twist, Powell, A Matter of Life and Death, Ray, Devi, Renoir, La Bete Humaine/The River, Roeg, Walkabout, Rohmer, Perceval le Gallois, Romero, Night of the Living Dead, Sayles, The Secret of Roan Inish/Lone Star, Scorcese, The Aviator, Spielberg, AI/War Horse, Tarkovsky, Solaris, Vidor, The Crowd, Von Sternberg, The Blue Angel, Walsh, White Heat, Welles, The Trial, Wellman, Track of the Cat, Whale, Frankenstein, Wyler, Wuthering Heights, Zvyagintsev, The Return


Week 3: Elemental Narrative

Read: Grimm, The Juniper Tree; London, Love of Life, To Build a Fire, The House of Mapuhi; Poe, MS, found in a bottle, The Black Cat

Listen: Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture

View: Disney, Pinocchio, Algar, White Wilderness, Flaherty, Man of Aran; Ballard, Never Cry Wolf

Discuss: setting in the hierarchy of dramatic elements, story/syntagm vs. paradigm/ symbol, the sublime, psychology and the unequivocal/imponderable/unfathomable

Supplementary books: Adams, Watership Down, Anand, Untouchable, Atwood, Surfacing, Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Bronte, Wuthering Heights, Clarke, 2001: a Space Odyssey, Conrad, Youth, Euripides, Medea/Bacchai, Golding, The Inheritors, Grove, Over Prairie Trails, Gunn, Highland River, Hardy, The Return of the Native, Heaney (trans.), Beowulf, Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, Hogg, Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica, Ibsen, Brand, King, Stig of the Dump, London, The Call of the Wild, Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness, McKay Brown, Beside the Ocean of Time, Melville, Typee, Mowat, Lost in the Barrens/Never Cry Wolf, Ovid, “Tereus and Procne,” Plath, Ariel, Reid-Banks, Angela and Diabola, Shakespeare, King Lear/The Tempest, Simenon, The Train, St. Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars, Stevenson, Treasure Island, Strindberg, The Father, Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau

Supplementary, films: Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Antonioni, L’Aventura/L’Eclisse, Bava, Black Sunday, Beresford, Black Robe, Bergman, The Virgin Spring, Cameron, Avatar, Chaplin, The Gold Rush, Cooper/Schoedsack, Grass, Davaa/Falorni, The Story of the Weeping Camel, Denis, White Material, Dovzhenko, Earth, Dreyer, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Flaherty, Man of Aran, Franju, Eyes Without a Face, Gibson, The Passion of the Christ, Godard, Contempt, Griffith, Broken Blossoms/Way Down East, Haneke, The White Ribbon, Haskin, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Herzog, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Kaige, The Emperor and the Assassin, Keaton, The General, Kubrick, 2001, A Space Odyssey/The Shining, Kuleshov, By the Law, Kunuk, Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, Kurosawa, Ran, Lamorisse, White Mane, Lean, Lawrence of Arabia, Low, Universe, Lynch, Eraserhead, Malick, Days of Heaven, Mann, The Far Country/Man of the West, Miller, Happy Feet, Nakata, Dark Water, Noyce, Rabbit-proof Fence, Nyby, The Thing from Another World, Olmi, Tree of the Wooden Clogs, Paradjanov, The Legend of Suram Fortress, Pasolini, Teorema, Powell, Split Second, Powell, I Know Where I’m Going/Black Narcissus, Pudovkin, Mother, Romero, Day of the Dead, Rossellini, Stromboli, Schepisi, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Sharpsteen, Pinocchio, Shindo, Onibaba, Sjostrom, The Outlaw and His Wife/The Wind, Takahata, Pom Poko, Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev, Tourneur, I Walked with a Zombie, Visconti, La Terra Trema, Von Stroheim, Greed, Wajda, Man of Iron, Weir, The Last Wave, Wilder, Nahanni


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: