Spinning yarns, plumbing depths

More TMA 114: stories that move fast, and stories that dig deep…

Week 4: Yarns

Read: Andersen, The Shadow; Grimm, How Six Made Their Way in the World; Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Red Dog; Stevenson, The Body Snatcher, The Bottle Imp

Listen: Chuck Berry, “No Particular Place to Go,”  “Memphis”

Discuss: plot in the hierarchy of dramatic elements, story as a craft, popular poetry, stasis and kinesis as they pertain to reflection and wisdom, nuance and ideology, escapism and wholesome recreation

View: Porter, Life of an American Fireman, Fedorenko/Newlove, Village of Idiots; Kubrick, The Killing

Supplementary, books: Alexander, The Black Cauldron, etc., Bloor, Tangerine, Buchan, Greenmantle/Witch Wood, Calvino, Italian Folk Tales, Card, Ender’s Game, Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Conan-Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, Conrad, Lord Jim, Cooper, The Boggart, Dahl, The Witches, Dickens, Bleak House, Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, Finney, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines/She, Hilton, Lost Horizon, Hughes, In Hazard, James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Keary, The Heroes of Asgard, Le Fanu, Carmilla, Leonard, Hombre, London, White Fang, Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Matheson, I Am Legend, Mitchell, Gone With the Wind, Paulsen, Hatchet, Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Scott, Old Mortality, Stevenson, Kidnapped/The Ebb-Tide, Twain, Tom Sawyer, Wells, The Invisible Man, Winterfield, Detectives in Togas, Yeats, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Supplementary, films: Abrams, Star Trek, Affleck, Argo, Aldrich, Attack!, Argento, Suspiria, Audiard, Read My Lips, Bayona, The Orphanage, Bennett/Marton, King Solomon’s Mines, Berger/Powell/ Whelan, The Thief of Baghdad, Bird, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, Boetticher, Ride Lonesome, Bogdanovich, Targets, Browning, The Unknown, Buñuel, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Campbell, Casino Royale, Cavalcanti, Went the Day Well?, Chaplin, The Pilgrim, Clement, Purple Noon, Clouzot, Diabolique, Coen, Raising Arizona, Corman, House of Usher/The Pit and the Pendulum, Curtiz, Doctor X., Davis, Holes, Favreau, Iron Man, Feuillade, Les Vampires, Fisher, The Curse of Dracula, Fleischer, The Vikings, Freund, The Mummy, Fuller, Forty Guns, Griffith, Orphans of the Storm, Guest, The Quatermass Experiment, Guitry, The Story of a Cheat, Hathaway, True Grit, Hawks, To Have and Have Not/Red River/The Land of the Pharaohs, Hitchcock, The Lady Vanishes/ Rebecca/Rear Window, Ingram, The Prisoner of Zenda, Jackson, The Hobbit, Johnson, Looper, Jones, Source Code, Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers, Kazan, On the Waterfront, Keaton, The Navigator, King, Jesse James/The Gunfighter, Kon, Tokyo Godfathers, Korda, That Hamilton Woman, Kurosawa, Sanjuro, Lang, Spies/The Return of Frank James/The Tiger of Eshnapur/The Indian Tomb, Lester, The Three Musketeers, Levin, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Linklater, School of Rock, Lisberger, Tron, Lord/Miller, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Lupino, The Hitchiker, Mann, Collateral, Miyazaki, The Castle of Cagliostro, Niblo, The Mark of Zorro, Nyby, The Thing from Another World, Pabst, The Love of Jeanne Ney, Peckinpah, Ride the High Country, Preminger, Laura/Advise and Consent, Raimi, Drag Me to Hell, Ray, Macao, Russell, The Billion Dollar Brain, Sayles, Eight Men Out, Shyamalan, Signs, Siegel, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Singleton, Boyz in the Hood, Spielberg, Duel/Minority Report, J. Sturges, The Great Escape, Tavernier, The Clockmaker, Tourneur, Leopard Man/The Flame and the Arrow, Walsh, High Sierra, Wellman, Wings, Werker, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Wilder, Sunset Boulevard, Wise, The Body Snatcher, Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Yates, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Young, From Russia With Love


Week 5: Psychological Narrative

Read: Trollope, Plumstead Episcopi,” (ch. 8 fromTrollope’s The Warden); Chekhov, The Lady with the Pet Dog; de Maupassant, Boule de Suif

Listen: Adrian Belew, “The War in the Gulf Between Us”

Discuss: character in the hierarchy of dramatic elements, macro and micro (Jung and race memory/Freud and the subconscious), Chaucer and God’s plenty, Shakespeare and “the invention of the human”, the 19th century novelists and the complexity of the human subject

View: Fellini, 8 ½, de Mille, The Ten Commandments (1923); Dardennes, The Kid with a Bike

Supplementary, books: Balzac, Eugenie Grandet, Beckett, Molloy, Bergman, Scenes from a Marriage, Camus, The Stranger, Coetzee, In the Heart of the Country, Conrad, Secret Agent, Dante, Inferno, Dickens, David Copperfield, Dostoievsky, Notes from the Underground, Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Greene, Brighton Rock, Hunter, The Sound of Trumpets, Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House, James, The Turn of the Screw, Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, di Lampedusa, The Leopard, Laurence, A Jest of God, Leonard, Hombre, S. Lewis, Elmer Gantry, Miller, Death of a Salesman, “Moses,” “Genesis,” Murakami, Norwegian Wood, Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Sayers, Whose Body?, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Shields, The Stone Diaries, Stevenson, Weir of Hermiston, Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Thompson Seton, Wild Animals I Have Known, Whipple, The Giant Joshua

Supplementary, films: Aldrich, The Big Knife, Antonioni, Red Desert, Bergman, Wild Strawberries/Persona, Boetticher, Seven Men from Now/The Tall T, Borzage, Moonrise, Cahill, Another Earth, Campion, Sweetie/Angel at My Table, Chabrol, Un Femme Infidel, Clayton, The Innocents, Crowe, Say Anything, Dardenne, The Kid with a Bike, Dreyer, Michael, Farrow, The Big Clock, Fellini, Nights of Cabiria, Forbes, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Gries, Will Penny, Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt/Spellbound/Vertigo, Hytner, The Madness of King George, Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are, King, Twelve O’Clock High, Kirsanoff, Menilmontant, Leconte, Man on the Train, Lewis, The Big Mouth, Lubitsch, Lady Windermere’s Fan/The Shop Around the Corner, Lumet, The Verdict, Maddin, Careful/Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary, Mann, Bend of the River, Melville, Army of Shadows, Murnau, The Last Laugh, Newman, Rachel, Rachel, Ophuls, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Polanski, Repulsion, Preminger, Where the Sidewalk Ends/Angel Face, N. Ray, In a Lonely Place, S. Ray, Charulata, Room, Bed and Sofa, Sayles,  Passion Fish, Shimizu, Japanese Girls at the Harbor, Shindo, Mother, Spieberg, Schindler’s List, Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood, Tourneur, Cat People, Walsh, Pursued, Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


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