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1. 選課前, 請詳閱附檔"課程進度表"內的課程說明及要求
2. Class meeting times and location: Thursdays 14:00–16:50 A116
3.Film screening* time and location: Tuesdays 10:00–11:50 A116
*if you cannot make this film screening time, I will put a videorecording on reserve at the NCU library, or you can try to locate a streaming video online (see schedule below for list of films).
This course will explore the intersecting film genres of horror and science fiction as “symptomatic” of cultural anxieties by using a range of film theory including psychoanalytic, folklorist, feminist, queer, postcolonial, and historical reception studies approaches. We will view and discuss a wide range of subgenres of horror (slasher, zombie, monster, occult, and reflexive or meta-horror) and science fiction (space exploration, alien invasion, atomic monster, disaster, and dystopia). We will analyze the formal conventions of horror and science fiction films, their historical and social contexts, and their fans/critics. The final product will be a short research paper on a horror or science fiction film of your choosing.
Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Identify genre conventions and subgenres of horror and science fiction.
• Describe interactions among horror and science fiction genres and history.
• Analyze primary and secondary sources through the methodological and theoretical lenses of film theory and cultural studies.
• Analyze horror subgenres and specific films in particular social and historical contexts.
(General Academic Skills)
• Develop critical reading, research, and writing skills.
Clover, Carol. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1993. [Abbreviated MWC]
Johnston, Keith M. Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction. London: Bloomsbury, 2011. [Abbreviated SFF]
Course Packet [Abbreviated CP]: PDFs of additional required essays.
Recommended: If you need to (re-)familiarize yourself with film studies terminology, I recommend David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson’s Film Art: An Introduction, 11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2016 and the video tutorials of Looking at Movies: http://wwnorton.com/college/film/movies3_dvd/
Attendance: Attend each class session and participate actively in discussions. Attendance is mandatory. Get lecture notes from a classmate if you must miss class (“Did I miss anything important?” is not an appropriate question). If you miss a screening, contact me about options for viewing the film.
More than three unexcused absences will result in a 10% reduction of your final grade. More than seven missed classes means an automatic “Fail.”
Reading: Read assigned readings for each session. Since many of the articles for this class will involve new and sometimes difficult concepts, it is important that you approach the assigned readings with an open mind and a strong commitment to working through the material. As you read, you will come across unfamiliar words and specialized terms. Avoid frustration by a) using a dictionary, b) using the immediate context to figure out the meaning of a word, c) jotting down the term and saving it for class.
Participation: Your participation grade does not necessarily depend on how much you speak in class. Rather, it will be based on the extent to which you observe an ethic of participation when you do speak in class, and show respect for your classmates and the authors we’re discussing.
Students will be required to write two short critical response papers (each worth 20% of course grade) and one 6-page research paper on a horror or science fiction film of your choosing (50% of course grade; final 10% determined by class attendance and participation). I will ask for a research proposal for your research paper, and there will be in-class peer review of early drafts. Note that there are no midterm or final exams, only written essay assignments. See Appendix for Assignments.