The aim of this course is to examine the concept of "story" through critical analyses of stories and a film on love and family.
We will read "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" written by Paul Auster for the New York Times and compare it with its extended film version, Smoke. Other stories on strangers and family will be also treated.
Auster, Paul ed. True Tales of American Life. London: Faber and Faber, 2001. Other materials will be distributed in class.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance/ presentations/ assignments/ term paper
１．Introduction ２．Strangers and Extended Family1: "My Mistake" ３．Strangers and Extended Family2: "The Iceman of Market Street" ４．Discussion: Family and Strangers ５．Americans on the road 1:"American Odyssey" ６．Americans on the road 2: Some Lyrics ７．Gifts and Christmas: "A Family Christmas" ８．Discussion: What makes a good Christmas story? ９．Smoke and "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" 1 10．Smoke and "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" 2 11．Smoke and "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" 3 12．Smoke and "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" 4 13．Fiction and Life: "Gotham Handbook" 1 14．Fiction and Life: "Gotham Handbook" 2 15．Discussion: Fiction and Life
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