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SYLLABUS 3 credits (15171, 15127) Wednesdays, 5:30-8:15 p.m. Franklin Hall, Room 339 SPRING 2011 Mark Dawidziak E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Phone: 330-923-8350 Office Hours: available before and after each class, or by appointment. TEXT: None PURPOSE: To have the students study and analyze the changing, ever-evolving vampire character from Nosferatu (1922) to the current pop-culture phenomenon of Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. Emphasis will be placed on how each film or television production reflected not only changes in the vampire legends but in American society, symbolizing everything from financial and medical conditions to immigration and shifting sexual mores. This also is a writing course, with students being required to write a midterm research paper and a final analytical essay. Grading will be based on grammar, spelling, accuracy, research and structure, as well as creative thought. Class participation also will have an impact on grades. GRADES: Grades will be determined by the quality of midterm papers and finals. Papers are graded on the following scale: A+ = 4.3 A = 4.0 A- = 3.7 B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7 C+ = 2.7 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7 D+ = 1.7 D = 1.0 D- = .7 F+ = .3 F = 0. WEEK 1: The history and development of vampire legends, myths and characters. WEEK 2: Nosferatu (1922) The vampire as plague and predator.
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