Monthly Archives: November 2013

Months ago I posted some material from and for our required TMA 114/Narrative Structures class.  Then I stopped doing it.  Now I’m starting again.

Here are two more story types that might be good to know and think about:

Week 9: Milieu

Read: Hemingway, The Undefeated, Fifty Grand; Ray, Phatik Chand

Discuss: complex plot and community, naturalism and milieu, II, determination and autonomy, African American Cinema: crisis and typicality, active and passive viewing, activism and acceptance

Listen: The Roches, “The Train Song,” The Temptations, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”

View: Kroitor, Paul Tomkowicz, Streetcar-Railway Switchman, Carle, Patinoire; Borzage, Street Angel

Supplementary, books: Balzac, Pére Goriot, Bell, Wee Mcgreegor, Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Chandler, The Big Sleep, Desai, In Custody, Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, Garfield, The Sound of Coaches, Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Gorky, Childhood, Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, Heinlein, Starship Troopers, James, Daisy Miller, Kinsella, The Moccasin Telegraph, Kotlowitz, There Are No Children Here, Le Carré, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, Markandaya, Nectar in a Sieve, McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey, Norris, McTeague, O’Casey, Juno and the Paycock, O’Neill, Anna Christie, Roy, The Tin Flute, Shalamov, Kolyma Tales, Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Steinbeck, Cannery Row, Tevis, The Hustler, Thompson, The Killer Inside Me, Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, Zola, Therése Raquin

Supplementary, films: Adlon, Bagdad Café, Allen, Broadway Danny Rose, Altman, McCabe and Mrs. Miller/The Long Goodbye/Popeye, L. Anderson, This Sporting Life, Antonioni, Le Amiche, Audiard, A Prophet, Badham, Saturday Night Fever, Becker, Touchez Pas au Grisbi, Benton, Nobody’s Fool, Bigelow, The Hurt Locker, Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show, Boorman, Hope and Glory, Bresson, Mouchette, Brittain, Whistling Smith, Buñuel, Los Olvidados, Carné, Children of Paradise, Chahine, Cairo Station, Chaplin, A Woman of Paris/Limelight, Clouzot, Le Corbeau/The Wages of Fear, Dardenne, Rosetta, Dassin, Night and the City, Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg/Baie des Anges Duvall, The Apostle, Eastwood, Honkeytonk Man, Fassbinder, Fox and his Friends, Fellini, I Vitelloni/La Dolce Vita, Ford, How Green Was My Valley, Harvey, Carnival of Souls, Huston, Fat City, Jordan, Mona Lisa/Butcher Boy, Kalatozov, I Am Cuba, Kazan, Boomerang/Panic in the Streets, King, The Song of Bernadette, Kirsanoff, Menilmontant, Korda, Rembrandt, Kurosawa, Ikiru, Lang, M, Loach, Kes, Lynch, The Elephant Man, Mackendrick, Sweet Smell of Success, D. Mann, Marty, Melville, Le Samourai, Mizoguchi, Street of Shame, Murnau, City Girl, Naruse, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Newell, Donnie Brasco, Ozu, Tokyo Chorus, Pabst, Pandora’s Box, Panahi, Offside, Powell/Pressburger, The Red Shoes, Ramsay, Ratcatcher, Refn, Drive, Renoir, Toni, Richardson, The Entertainer, Ritt, Hud, Russell, The Debussy Film, Sautet, Class Tous Risques, Sayles, The Return of the Secaucus Seven/Matewan, Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy, Scorcese, Mean Streets/Raging Bull, Scott, Blade Runner, Siegel, Riot on Cell Block 11, Silver, Hester Street, Siodmak et al., People on Sunday, Sirk, All That Heaven Allows, Soderbergh, King of the Hill, Sucksdorff, My Home is Copacabana, Tati, Playtime, Truffaut, Shoot the Piano Player, Vidor, The Champ, Visconti, Ossessione/Rocco and his Brothers, Varda, Vagabond, Von Sternberg, Underworld, Von Stroheim, Foolish Wives/The Merry Widow/Queen Kelly, Watkins, Munch, Walsh, The Roaring Twenties/Gentleman Jim, Wilde, Speedy, Wiseman, High School, Wong, In the Mood for Love, Wood, Kings Row, Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Week 10: Ambiguity/Irony/Satire

Read: Andersen, The Neighbors, In the Duckyard; Grimm, Clever Gretel, The Clever People; Stockton, The Griffin and the Minor Canon; Twain, The Story of the Good Little Boy, The Story of the Bad Little Boy, The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg

Listen: Mott the Hoople, “I Wish I Was Your Mother,” Liam Clancy, “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” Randy Newman, “I Want You to Hurt Like I Do”

Discuss: against interpretation, tragedy/melodrama/complexity, closure and aperture, youth and age/resentment and resignation, the illusion of narrative autonomy, the reality of acting and being acted upon, sarcasm vs. irony

View: Jones, There They Go Go Go; Kaurismaki, Shadows in Paradise

Supplementary, books: Ambler, Journey Into Fear, Austen, Emma, Barrie, Peter Pan, Bentley, Trent’s Last Case, Byron, Don Juan, Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Erasmus, In Praise of Folly, Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, Feiffer, A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, Findley, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Gay, The Beggar’s Opera, Heller, Catch-22, Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Jarry, Pére Ubu, Jansson, The True Deceiver, Leacock, Nonsense Novels, MacDonald Fraser, Flashman, Moliere, Tartuffe/The Misanthrope, Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters, Pullman, The Golden Compass, etc., Robinson, Housekeeping, Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse, Sciascia, Equal Danger, Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Stoppard, Travesties, Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, Voltaire, Candide, Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, West, The Day of the Locust, Zivkovic, Hidden Camera

Supplementary, films: Alfredson, Let the Right One In/Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Altman, The Player, Antonioni, The Passenger, Arcand, Jesus of Montreal, Ashby, Harold and Maude, Brando, One-Eyed Jacks, Buñuel, The Exterminating Angel, Burton, Mars Attacks!, Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux, Chow, Kung Fu Hustle, Coen, A Serious Man, Coppola, The Conversation, Dante, Gremlins, Dardenne, The Child, Dreyer, Vampyr, Enright/Berkeley, Dames, Erice, The Spirit of the Beehive, Fassbinder, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ford, The Searchers/The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Godard, A Woman is a Woman, Guitry, The Pearls in the Crown, Hamilton, Goldfinger, Hitchcock, Sabotage/Notorious, Jones, Moon, Kaurismaki, Man Without a Past, Kiarostami, The Traveler/Certified Copy Kitano, Violent Cop, Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove, Kurosawa, Rashomon, Lang, The Woman in the Window/Scarlet Street, LeRoy, Golddiggers of 1933, Lewis, The Patsy, Losey, Modesty Blaise, Lubitsch, To Be or Not to Be, Lumet, Network, Maddin, The Saddest Music in the World, Malick, Badlands, Mamet, The Spanish Prisoner, McDonagh, In Bruges, Milestone, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum/A Walk in the Sun, Minnelli, The Band Wagon, Nichols, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Penn, Night Moves, Polanski, Knife in the Water/The Ghost Writer, Pollack, Tootsie, Ray, The Music Room, Reed, The Third Man, Renoir, La Chienne, Resnais, Last Year at Marienbad/Same Old Song, Ritchie, The Candidate, Ritt, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Romero, Dawn of the Dead, Schlesinger, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Scorcese, The King of Comedy, Siegel, The Beguiled, Sturges, Christmas in July/Hail, the Conquering Hero/Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, Suzuki, Youth of the Beast, Tashlin, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Varda, Le Bonheur, Verbinski, Rango, Von Sternberg, The Scarlet Empress, Welles, Citizen Kane/Touch of Evil, Wenders, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Whale, Frankenstein, Wilder, The Apartment, Wiseman, Law and Order