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FILM 3380 - Film Authorship Spring 2021

Dr. Adam Cottrel - Course Guide for FILM 3380 - Spring 2021

Course Outline/Assessments

Course Outline/Assessments

Week 1 (January 20) – Introduction to Course

Wednesday: Introduction to Course

Week 2 (January 25 & 27) – Film Authorship

Monday: Introduction to Film Authorship and Quentin Tarantino

Wednesday: Read “What is an Author?” by Michel Foucault  & “A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema” by Francois Truffaut / Discussion Post #1 due by 12PM

Week 3 (February 1 & 3) – Reservoir Dogs

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group A]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze Reservoir Dogs (1992), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “As I Lay Dying: Violence and Subjectivity in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs” by Asborn Gronstad / Discussion Post #2 due by 12PM

Week 4 (February 8 & 10) – Politics of Auteurism

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group B]

Wednesday: Read “Introduction” by Jim Hillier & “La politique des auteur” by André Bazin / Discussion Post #3 due by 12PM

Week 5 (February 15 & 17) – Pulp Fiction

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group C]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze Pulp Fiction (1994), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “The Birth of a New Avant-Garde” by Alexandre Astuc / Discussion Post #4 due by 12PM

Week 6 (February 22 & 24) – Jackie Brown

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group A]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze Jackie Brown (1997), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” by Andrew Sarris / Discussion Post #5 due by 12PM

Week 7 (March 1 & 3) – Kill Bill

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group B]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze Kill Bill (2003—2004), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “No Start, No End: Auteurism and the Auteur Theory” by David Andrews / Discussion Post #6 due by 12PM

Week 8 (March 8 & 10) – Death of the Author

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group C]

Wednesday: Read “The auteur Theory” by Peter Wollen & “The Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes / Discussion Post #7 due by 12PM

Week 9 (March 15 & 17) – Spring Break

Monday: NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK

Wednesday: NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK

Week 10 (March 22 & 24) – Inglorious Basterds

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group A]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze Inglorious Basterds (2009), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “Is Tarantino Serious? The Twofold Image of the Auteur and the State of Exception” by Oliver C Speck / Discussion Post #8 due by 12PM

Week 11 (March 29 & 31) – Django Unchained

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group B]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze Django Unchained (2012), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Film: What Does It Mean to Be a Black Film in Twenty-First Century America?” by Heather Ashley Hayes and Gilbert B. Rodman / Discussion Post #9 due by 12PM

Week 12 (April 5 & 7) – The Hateful Eight

Monday: F2F Supplementary Instruction [Group C]

Wednesday: Discuss and analyze The Hateful Eight (2016), dir. Quentin Tarantino & Read “The Commerce of Auteurism” by Timothy Corrigan / Discussion Post #10 due by 12PM

Week 13 (April 12 & 14) – Workshop Final Paper Outline

Monday: Workshop Final Paper Outline [Group A]

Wednesday: Workshop Final Paper Outline

Week 14 (April 19 & 21) – Workshop Final Paper

Monday: Workshop Final Paper Outline [Group B]

Wednesday: Final Paper Outline due PLEASE UPLOAD TO D2L BY 12PM

Week 14 (April 26 & 28) – Workshop Final Paper

Monday: Workshop Final Paper [Group C]

Wednesday: Workshop Final Paper

Week 15 (May 3) – Final Paper

Monday: Final Paper due PLEASE UPLOAD TO D2L BY 12PM

Important Dates

January 19 Classes Begin

January 25 Drop/Add Period Ends

March 3 Midterm Grades Due

March 5 Last Day to Drop a Class with a W (by 5:00 p.m.)

March 14 - 21 Spring Break

May 3 Last Day of Classes

May 4 - 10 Final Exams

May 12 End of Semester Grades Due

May 13 Commencement

May 19 Grades Available in Banner

Course Changes

This course syllabus provides a general plan for this course. The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus, including changes to assignments, projects, examinations, etc., in order to accommodate the needs of the class as a whole and fulfill the goals of the course.