Course Meeting Times
Seminars: 2 sessions / week, 2 hours / session
[DS] = The Wire: The Complete First Season. Created by David Simon. Home Box Office, Inc., 2004. DVD.
- The Wire viewing journal
- Two shorter essays
- Class presentations on final project
- Final essay
|1||Introducing the Serial|
|2||Thresholds of Serial: Rembrandt||
Vincent, Jean. "The Aging Face of Rembrandt." Thinking About Art. Blog post with embedded video not produced by the author. November 27, 2011.
Stevens, Wallace. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." 1917.
|3||Thresholds of Serial: Rembrandt (cont.)||
[DS] Episodes 1 & 2.
Koerner, Joseph Leo. "Rembrandt and the Epiphany of the Face." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, no. 12 (1986): 5–32.
Schwartz, Frederic. "'The Motions of the Countenance': Rembrandt's Early Portraits and the Tronie." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, no. 17/18 (1989): 89–116.
Auden, W. H. "Musée des Beaux Arts." 1938.
|4||Sequence and Argument: Goya|
|5||Sequence and Argument: Goya (cont.)||
[DS] Episode 3.
Goya, The Disasters of War (cont.)
Hults, Linda C. "The Print and Socio-Political Reform: Hogarth and His Heirs and Goya." In The Print in the Western World: An Introductory History. University of Wisconsin Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780299137007.
|6||Inventing the Multiverse: Comics||
[DS] Episode 4.
Eco, Umberto, and Natalie Chilton. "The Myth of Superman." Diacritics 2, no. 1 (1972): 14–22.
Burgas, Greg. "Compressed Storytelling versus Decompressed Storytelling." Reblogged by Brian Cronin at ComicBookResources.com. October 25, 2007.
Rhoades, Shirrel. Chapters 2, 4, 5, and 6 in A Complete History of American Comic Books. Peter Lang, 2008. ISBN: 9781433101076. [Preview with Google Books]
|7||Motion Studies: Photography||
Doane, Mary Ann. "Zeno's Paradox: The Emergence of Cinematic Time," and "Temporality, Storage, Legibility: Freud, Marey, and the Cinema." In The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive. Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780674007840.
Edweard Muybridge, photographs.
Duchamp, Marcel. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. 1912.
|8||The Challenge of Formula: Journalism |
Guest speaker: Alexandra Garcia, The Washington Post
[DS] Episode 5.
Darnton, Robert. "Writing News and Telling Stories." Daedalus 104, no. 2 (1975): 175–94.
"Scene In" (4 episodes). WashingtonPost.Com. Web video series.
Heath, Chris. "18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead in Ohio." GQ, March 2012.
Jones, Chris. "Animals." Esquire, March 2012.
Ogles, Jonah. "Man or Beast?" Cincinnati, March 1, 2012.
|9||The Challenge of Formula: Journalism (cont.)||
Stevens, Wallace. "Anecdote of the Jar." 1919.
|10||Stasis and Progress: Tennyson, In Memoriam||
[DS] Episode 6.
[AT] Prologue. pp. 1–7, 9, 18, 27–30, 34, and 47–8.
|11||Stasis and Progress: Tennyson, In Memoriam (cont.)||
[AT] "Epilogue." pp. 50, 54–6, 69, 78, 104–7, 117–20, and 128–31.
Landseer, Edwin Henry. "Man Proposes God Disposes." 1864.
Dyce, William. "Pegwell Bay, Kent—A Recollection of October 5th 1858." 1860.
|12||The Hero's Journey: Tennyson, Morte D'Arthur||
[DS] Episode 7.
|13||Whole Into Parts: Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers||
[DS] Episode 8.
Dickens, Charles. Prefaces (PDF) in The Pickwick Papers.
|14–16||Whole Into Parts: Charles Dickens, Bleak House||
Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. 1853.
[DS] Episode 9.
|17||The Reader Replies: Sherlock Holmes||
Moretti, Franco. "The Slaughterhouse of Literature." (PDF) MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly 61, no. 1 (2000): 207–27.
Conan Doyle, Arthur. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (PDF - 1.5MB). The Strand Magazine, February 1892, 108-123. (note: this PDF is a scan of the original 1892 publication)
Conan Doyle, Arthur. "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League." In The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. George Newnes Ltd, 1892.
Conan Doyle, Arthur. "The Final Problem." In The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. George Newnes Ltd, 1894.
Selected excerpts (PDF - 13.2MB) from other Holmes Stories.
Orwell, George. "Decline of the English Murder," Tribune, February 15, 1946.
|18||The Reader Replies: Sherlock Holmes (cont.)||
[DS] Episode 10.
Jurgensen, John. "Binge Viewing: TV's Lost Weekends," The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2012.
Armisen, Fred, and Carrie Brownstein. "Battlestar Galactica." Portlandia. Selection of comedic sketch originally produced for prestige television, subsequently made available for marketing purposes. Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions, 2011.
Armisen, Fred, Carrie Brownstein, et al. "Spoiler Alert." Portlandia. Selection of comedic sketch originally produced for prestige television, subsequently made available for marketing purposes. Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions, 2013.
Garcia, Alexandra, Jason Spingarn-Koff, et al. "Downton Abbey Spoiler Alert." Convergence Journalism? Emerging Documentary and Multimedia Forms of News. One minute segment of recorded forum session. MIT Communications Forum, 2013, 01:27:00–01:28:00.
|19||Parts Into Whole: Charlie Chaplin, The Gold Rush||
Chaplin, Charlie. Selected short films & The Gold Rush. 1925.
|20||Parts Into Whole: Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times||
[DS] Episode 11.
Modern Times. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Black and White, 87 min. 1936.
|21||Remediation: The Wire||
[DS] Episode 12.
Bolter, Jay David, and Richard Grusin. "Remediation." (PDF) Configurations 4, no. 3 (1996): 311–58.
|22||Remediation: The Wire (cont.)||
[DS] Episode 13.
Mittell, Jason. "All in the Game: The Wire, Serial Storytelling, and Procedural Logic." 2007.
Anderson, Paul Allen. "'The Game Is the Game': Tautology and Allegory in The Wire." Criticism 52, no. 3–4 (2010): 373–98.
|23||Remediation: The Wire (cont.)||
Owen, Paul. "The Wire Re-Up: Season Five, Episode Eight—The Dickensian Aspects." TheGuardian.com: Organ Grinder Blog, April 5, 2010.