First Class (HUM415)

Class Plan:

Introduction to the course and to each other. Cover the syllabus, discuss the question of the contemporary period.

Activity1(Individual): Questionnaire.


Talk: The elements of narrative analysis. Film noir and crime fiction. Basic vocabulary: Culture, “the Novel,” Trope, Capitalism, etc.

Screen various Film Noir trailers and clips.

Discussion. Film Analysis.

Activity2(Group): The Flitcraft Parable. One person reads aloud. TAKE NOTES as you read along. Questions about: vocabulary, matters of fact (denotation), cultural/historical context. What did you come to this reading already knowing? What do you think you know now? The FirstRule of Groupwork (FRG): Everyone offers at least one insight or observation AND offers at least one response.