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4lecture1780odyssey09SU - Lecture 4 Clements 1 School of...

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Lecture 4 Clements 1 School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies Summer 2009 AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media Announcements: The first Assignment is due on Monday, July 6, 2009. As noted, please use the Schedule of Lectures provided for you in the Course Schedule folder only (the other one from the course outlines page has an error in it concerning this first Assignment deadline). Please refer to the Assignment sheet posted in the Assignments folder for information on what is expected for the Adaptation Paper and how to upload your papers to the York Assignment Upload System and to Turnitin.com. Check the Readings folder for next day’s material. Film Viewing: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) For today’s lecture your responsibility is to watch the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? You can use the discussion questions you are given on Lecture Summary 4 Slide 7 in your Discussion Groups when they are up and running next week (hopefully by Thursday). You may want to prepare your answers as you watch the film and save them in a word-processed application so you can simply post them once the Discussion Rooms are functioning. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (the brothers who also wrote and directed Fargo and Burn After Reading ), the title comes from another film called Sullivan’s Travels , itself a spoof on Gulliver’s Travels . It is about a movie-director character who attempts to prove himself as a “serious” artist by making a dramatic film
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Lecture 4 Clements 2 entitled O Brother, Where Art Thou ? The Coen brothers take that title and make an ironically “serious” comedy by linking it to Homer’s epic and setting it in Depression Era Southern United States. As you will see in the film, many of the references transform the stories and the characters you read about in the epic. Pay special attention to the characters we examined in the visual representations: Circe and the Sirens (who are combined), Penelope (who shares characteristics with Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon, Odysseus's friend from the Trojan war whom he meets again in the book of the dead), and Polyphemos. While viewing the film keep the issues from Lecture Summary 4 Slide 6 in mind. Please watch the movie now if you haven’t already. The lectures on film-days will be shorter because of the time taken to watch the film. HAPPY VIEWING! Analyzing Films and Their Music I hope you have noticed that we have been comparing the works we have been studying, not by holding the first one up to the second and expecting a replica or carbon- copy version, but by looking at how the second version speaks to, reinvents, and transforms the first one. Remember to keep the idea of comparison in your mind throughout the course and when you write your papers and assignments. If you simply look for a replication of an "original" version when you analyze an adaptation, you will arrive at the simple conclusion that the second work is a good copy of the first, or it
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