101年第2學期-0156 麥卡錫小說電影及新寫實主義 課程資訊
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■ 課程目標 (Course Objectives)
1. Recognize the historical and cultural importance of McCarthy as a writer who has contributed significantly to the development of American literature and film, while gaining knowledge of his literary style and how it has influenced film styles, genres, techniques, themes and cultural messages. Students will give evidence of mastering such knowledge on tests, in essays, presentations, class work and discussions.
2. Gain knowledge of the particular issues surrounding McCarthy’s representational universe, including the social conflicts and history of the American Southwest, the border region of Texas and Mexico, issues of immigration, assimilation, cultural marginalization, social solidarity and criminality as these are evidenced in New Realist fiction and film. Students will give evidence of having mastered such knowledge on tests, in essays, presentations, class work and discussions.
3. Gain comprehension of how McCarthy’s novels express their cultural uniqueness through using the English language in ways that indicate their figure’s regional backgrounds, the social statuses of his characters, US/Mexico border issues, criminality and apocalyptic themes, and various individual’s struggles to maintain their way of life in at times shifting and hostile social environments. Students will give evidence of having mastered such knowledge on tests, in essays, presentations, class work and discussions.
4. Acquire knowledge of and demonstrate comprehension of critical and theoretical terms relative to both film and literary studies, such as intertextuality, semiotic, suture, film noire, parody, pastiche, satire, dialect, dialectic, hegemony, deconstruction, historicism, cinematography, mood, frame, setting, scene, characterization, performance, etc.
Cormac McCarthy emerged as a dominant American writer in the 1990s, having produced a number of highly successful novels, 3 of which have been made into major Hollywood films starring A-list actors. His 5th novel, Blood Meridian, has also been floated as a Hollywood production, and may appear as a film version in the future. McCarthy’s themes including the violence and social disruptions of the American West, the problems of modernity encroaching on less mainstream locations and communities, and the reevaluation of the American Western Hero tradition have led him to be considered as an avatar of the “New Realism.” His works reflect a growing body of fiction that features terse narrative details, true to life conflicts fraught with antiheroes and fatalistic outcomes, and an unsparing reassessment of the historical contradictions and troubling features of the seamy underside of American society.
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■ 主要參考書籍/資料 (Textbooks and References) (教科書遵守智慧財產權觀念不得非法影印)
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses. New York: Vintage, 1993.
- - - . Blood Meridian: The Evening Redness in the West. New York: Vintage, 1992.
- - - . No Country for Old Men. New York: Vintage, 2006.
- - - . The Road. New York: Vintage, 2007.
All the Pretty Horses. Dir. Billy Bob Thornton. Columbia Pictures, 2000.
No Country for Old Men. Dir. Joel Coen. Mixamax, 2007.
The Road. Dir. John Hillcoat. Dimension Films, 2009.