科目名 American Literature and CultureⅡ
単位数 2.0
担当者 准教授 Michael Gorman
履修時期 後期
履修対象 博士前期課程1、2年
概要 This course is designed to acquaint students with American culture, history, literature, and society through hardboiled detective fiction and film noir. Texts and films will be discussed from various theoretical perspectives, particularly cultural studies. Of particular interest will be the ways ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality, and social class shape notions of identity. Over the course of the semester, we will read American detective fiction, watch film noir movies, and study about the detective story genre. Through classroom discussion, formal presentations, reading and film viewing, students will improve their facility with communicative English. In addition, students' comfort reading scholarly texts and fiction will also improve.
科目の到達目標 To gain a better understanding of contemporary American literature and culture through the examination of hardboiled detective fiction and film noir.
受講要件 Admission to the graduate program.
事前・事後学修の内容 Pre-class readings may be assigned, and a minimum of 5 response papers (two-page double-spaced) will be assigned.
講義内容 1.Orientation
2.Introduction to hardboiled detective fiction and film noir
3.The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon
4.Law & Order in LA: Chinatown (police corruption, film noir)
5.Law & Order in LA: Chinatown (family dysfunction, the "voyeur")
6.Neo Noir: Memento (updated noir)
7.Neo Noir: Memento (suspense, thriller)
8.Comic Noir: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Hollywood)
9.Comic Noir: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (crime, gener)
10.Noir Parody: The Big Lebowski (farce)
11.Noir Parody: The Big Lebowski (allusion, film noir history)
12.Sci Fi Noir: Blade Runner (noir and science fiction)
13.Sci Fi Noir: Blade Runner (futuristic noir)
14.Noir & History: L.A. Confidential (LA Mob, police corruption)
15.Noir & History: L.A. Confidential (racial violence, gender)
評価方法 Attendance & participation, response papers (bi-weekly), individual presentations, final project
教科書等 Weekly handouts
担当者プロフィール Michael Gorman earned his PhD in American literature and culture from the University of Tulsa and is especially interested in rural American culture, transnationalism, and the environment.
備考 This course will be taught entirely in English, and students are expected to use English actively in class. The schedule and texts are tentative and could change.