SENIOR ENGLISH - LITERATURE AND CONCEPTS IN FILM - EN1131
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Course Description: COMPOSITION AND ASPECTS OF THE CINEMA: THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE NARRATIVE [FROM HARRY POTTER TO WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE]. The focus of this course is to give students a general introduction to British literature, the techniques of advanced composition and certain aspects of the cinema. This course is designed for senior students interested in developing and refining the skills necessary to critically and analytically read and write about British literature. Students will also develop skills necessary to “read” and write about one of the most influential art forms of our age—film. In addition to reading numerous British works, students will be required to screen film adaptations of the readings and write about the transformation of the narratives from one medium to another. Significant emphasis will be placed on the technical components, the “grammars,” of both literature and film. The core texts of this class [both literary and cinematic] have been selected to highlight some of the great achievements and influential texts of each art form. This course meets the state of Illinois guidelines as a writing intensive course. This course is also reading intensive. There is a summer reading requirement for this course; the reading must be completed prior to the start of the school year.