Day 17: As you wish

In Class

  • Turn in Essay #2 printout.
    • If you need to do it later, bring it to my office (OF 109) and slide it under my door.
  • Discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s films and their politics.
  • Final exam review.
  • Screen: The Princess Bride

Assignment

  • Complete the Assignment Self-Evaluation Form by Monday, August 1 (UPR login required).
  • Watch Pan’s Labyrinth, The Princess Bride.
  • Post a discussion of anything you want about one or both of these films in the Slack channel by Monday, August 1.

The Final Exam

  • Monday, August 1 at 10:10 am in SH 203.
  • 2-hour exam.
  • The exam will cover EVERYTHING. 🙂

Day 16: Hail to the King, Baby

In class

Assignment:

  • Watch Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, or  Spirited Away.
  • Analyze how these worlds present different ideological visions and/or critique contemporary ideologies.
  • Post in our Slack channel before next class.
  • Essay #2 is due tomorrow. Bring a printout to class and upload an electronic copy here (UPR login required).

Day 15: Getting Medieval

In class

Assignment:

Day 14: Building the Star Wars Universe

In Class

Assignment:

Day 13: Daddy Issues

In class

Assignment

Final Project

For this assignment, you have two choices:

  1. Write an academic research paper focusing on fantasy films, from one of the following theoretical perspectives: auteur theory, genre theory, archetypal criticism, cultural theory, or other theoretical perspective. Your thesis must make a clear statement about the films you have chosen, and it must be supported by analyses of at least 3 films and appropriate secondary sources. The essay must be about 4-6 pages long (1000-1500 words) in MLA Format (typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point font).
  2. You may produce (individually or collaboratively) a 10-15 minute film and submit (individually) a 2-page (about 500 words) essay where you discuss your contribution and how your work is an engagement of the cinematic elements, theories, and auteurs and/or genres discussed in class.

The assignment is due on Thursday, July 28.

Day 11: The Hero’s Journey

Assignment