Department of English

Xuan An Ho



E 314J • Literature And Film

35815 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.212

E 314J  l  1-Literature and Film

Instructor:  Ho, X

Unique #:  35815

Semester:  Fall 2021

Cross-lists:  n/a


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).

Description:  This course revises the classic Film Studies question “What is cinema?” to “What is women’s cinema?”  Although frequently ignored in Film Studies curricula, women have been making movies since the inception of film alongside, and often against, men in the realm of art house, avant-garde, studio, popular, and new wave cinemas.  By framing ongoing conversations in world cinema through the lens of women filmmakers, this course asks students to examine the relationship between art and feminism, and to consider the unique character of women’s filmmaking.  Our attention to women’s films will lead us to question our standards of what great cinema looks like, and in doing so, help us experience cinema in new and open ways.

The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  Students will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.

This course carries a writing flag.  The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will constitute a major part of the final grade.

Tentative Text List:  Selections from works on feminist and historical film studies, including Laura Mulvey’s “Visual pleasure and narrative cinema,” Maya Deren’s “Cinematography: the creative use of reality,” Patricia White’s Women’s cinema, world cinema: projecting contemporary feminisms, and Rey Chow’s Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema will aid in our understanding of the required films. The latter will include Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991), Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I (2000), Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga (2001), Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum (2008), Zero Chou’s Drifting Flowers (2008), and Chloé Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015).

Requirements & Grading:  First close reading paper, 5 pages: 10%; Revision of close reading paper: 15%; Final essay, 10 pages: 30%; Weekly film responses, 2 pages: 20%; Class presentation of an assigned essay/Group Discussion/Attendance: 25%.

RHE 306 • Rhetoric And Writing

42655 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GAR 3.116

Multiple meeting times and sections. Please consult the Course Schedule for unique numbers.

This does NOT meet the Writing Flag requirement.

This composition course provides instruction in the gathering and evaluation of information and its presentation in well-organized expository prose. Students ordinarily write and revise four papers. The course includes instruction in invention, arrangement, logic, style, revision, and strategies of research.

Course centered around the First-Year Forum (FYF) selected readings. Students focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college writing. In addition, they are introduced to basic rhetoric terms and learn to rhetorically analyze positions within controversies surrounding the FYF readings.

RHE 306 is required of all UT students. Contact Student Testing Services at (512)-232-2662 to petition for RHE 306 credit.

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