Friday October 9th, 2020
7:00 PM, over Zoom
Free & open to the public!
Give it up for the class of 2020! Although we can’t celebrate our graduates’ many accomplishments in person, we want to give them each the spotlight they deserve.
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The history of memoir is rife with “I”; self as subject, source, and point of view. In this class we’ll discuss what happens when the story of the self relies upon or requires the stories of others to be told. We’ll discuss such social formal strategies as epistolary, conversation, case study, inquiry, retelling, oral history, interview, chorus, and collage. We’ll consider the boundaries between inclusivity and appropriation; the responsibility involved in getting a communal account correct; and how we might think of memoir not as the secret story of the self but crucial public work.
Although it has long been a truism in Hollywood that the screenwriter gets no respect, this class will examine the work of contemporary American screenwriters as well as help students master the unique style and format of screenwriting. In this class, we will read both contemporary American screenplays from a variety of genres and screenplay theory by leading theorists of the form, including Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell, Rosamund Davies, J. J. Murphy, and others. Along the way, we will watch and analyze several films and produce both analyses of already-produced screenplays as well as portions of our own screenplays.