The aim of this course is to examine the concept of "story" through critical analyses of stories, poems and films on love and family.
What makes a good story? We will try to answer the question by reading stories on love and family from True Tales of American Life edited by Paul Auster and comparing them with poems and films on the same subjects.
Auster, Paul ed. True Tales of American Life. London: Faber and Faber, 2001.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance/ presentations/ assignments/ term paper
１．Introduction ２．What makes a story a story? 1: "Awaiting Delivery", "What If?", "A Lesson in Love" ３．How are poems different from prose? 1 : Poems on Unrequited Love ４．How are poems different from prose? 2: "Mysteries of Tortellini" ５．How are poems different from prose? 3: Love Poems ６．Do you like the story in print or on film? 1: "Table for Two" ７．Do you like the story in print or on film? 2: Serendipity (2001). Dir. Peter Chelsom. ８．Discussion: Fiction and True Stories ９．What makes a story a story? 2: "Grandmother's China" 10．What makes a story a story? 3: "MS. Found in an Attic" and a stories by O. Henry 11．Why "love" and "family" ? 1 : "A Gift of Gold" and Jesse Jackson's speech 12．Why "love" and "family" ? 2: "Taking Leave" 13．Where will they go? 1: "Ashes" 14．Where will they go? 2: Elizabethtown (2005) . Dir. Cameron Crowe. 15．Discussion: Love and Family
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