English 187A - Fall, 2016

Topics in Literature & Media

    Topic: Interpreting Genre/Form: Word, Image, Sound

Class Information

Instructor: Martín, Desirée
CRN: 53675
Time: MW 3:10-6:00
Location: 248 Voorhies


    This course will focus on the limits, boundaries, and delineation of genre and form through a consideration of word, image, and sound and their intersection in a variety of texts. We will focus on a range of genres from more traditional forms like the novel, film and photography to new media forms such as the visual novel. We will ask ourselves how “hybrid” forms such as the graphic novel and visual novel, and musical sampling and cover versions, depend as much upon the crossing of various genres as their separation or alienation. We will also consider how translation – especially cultural translation – functions in relation to different media. Ultimately, we will consider the way that intersections of word, image and sound in various media and genres might both transmit and challenge the transfer of meaning.




    Sleep Dealer (film) , Rivera, Alex
    Other films, visual novels, music and photography TBA
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , Diaz, Junot
    Marble Season, Hernandez, Gilbert
    Fun Home, Bechdel, Alison
    Videodrome (film), Cronenberg, David
    Dictee , Cha, Theresa
    Blade Runner (film), Scott, Ridley
    We Know the Devil (visual novel), Aevee Bee, Mia Schwartz, and Alec Lambert
    The Hunger (film), Scott, Tony