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The Art of Early Cinema: Seeing and Storytelling

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar. This seminar offers a lively overview of cinema styles from the 1890s to 1931. By exploring examples of comedy, drama, suspense, and Expressionism, and through discussion of early film criticism, we will develop new ways of seeing the moving image and understanding narrative art. Sessions will focus on feature-length […]

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Appreciating Form in Books and Movies

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar offers a lively survey of some of the artistic techniques, styles, innovations, and traditions that we encounter everyday. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lectures, and discussion, our sessions will explore the importance, in fiction and film, of a good beginning, the depiction of characters’ thoughts and feelings, […]

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Essentials of Literary and Film Theory

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar, scheduled for the winter/spring 2020 term, is now concluded. This seminar offers a lively survey of literary and film theory basics. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lecture, and discussion, our sessions will explore how writers, filmmakers, philosophers, and artists—from Plato to Toni Morrison—help us appreciate the importance […]

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Showing and Telling

You can hold a mimetic theory of the novel if you believe the narrational methods of fiction to resemble those of drama, and you can hold a diegetic theory of painting if you posit visual spectacle to be analogous to linguistic transmission. Bordwell. This remark, from David Bordwell’s Narration in the Fiction Film (Routledge 1986, […]

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Literary Theory

Earliest Tweets

Since I’ve removed the “Of Tweets” menu tab, I’ve included below some of my earliest tweets and their sources. Unlike some of the later ones, I didn’t comment on these quotations, but they’re still provocative, so here they are, along with citations. (Originally posted in 2011) “The frame is that perceptual limit or boundary which […]