The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – Monsters!
R1B 001 | CCN: 29095
Location: Dwinelle 215
Date and Time: TU, TH 9:30am - 10:59am
Ghosts! Vampires! Werewolves! What do monsters—and monster films—reveal about the cultures that create and consume them? By looking closely at the various forms in which monstrosity appears on screen, we will analyze how these imagined others are met with both fear and fascination. Throughout the semester, we will examine how monster films frame anxieties about otherness, in and across terms of class, race, gender, sexuality, environment, technology, science, religion. This course fulfills the second part of the Reading and Composition Craft of Writing requirement, with an emphasis on research. We will practice how to closely read theoretical and cinematic texts, how to identify a research topic and gather relevant sources, how to construct a convincing argument based on research and close reading, and how to revise writing based on workshopping and incorporating peer and instructor feedback.