The aim of this course is to analyze the novel, Pobby and Dingan written by Ben Rice. We will also contrast the novel with the film version, Opal Dream.
This course is an introduction to film and prose. The work we will focus on is Ben Rice's Pobby and Dingan (2000). Kellyanne is the daughter of a miner. She lives in Lightning Ridge, the opal capital of Australia. She has imaginary friends, Pobby and Dingan; only Kellyanne can see them. We will read the novel, watch the film, and discuss how various themes are interrelated. Poetry will also be introduced.
Ben Rice, Pobby and Dingan (2000) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance / assignments / term exam
１．Reading the novel, Pobby and Dingan (2000) by Ben Rice ２．Setting: Lightning Ridge and its significance ３．Characters: Kellyanne and her brother, Ashmol ４．Pobby and Dingan, the imaginary friends ５．Theme: The visible and the invisible ６．Theme: Death, rebirth, and rituals ７．About the author, Ben Rice: Reading the interview ８．Opal Dream (2005), a Peter Cattaneo film ９．Film and novel: Similarities and differences 10．Discussion: Analyzing the themes 11．Reading poems: The importance of words 12．Finding songs (lyrics) with similar themes 13．Writing about literature, writing about film 14．Various perspectives: Author, producer, narrator, reader 15．Discussion: Sharing ideas
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