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Questions for Next time: Taming of the Shrew
What does "Induction" 1 and "Induction"2 do to shape our understanding of the central action of the
play?
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What is the relationship of the Inductions to the central story of Kate and Petruccio?
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Does it change your understanding of Kate
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Lecture outline
Twists on Petrarchanism, Mercutio's mock blazon and The sonnet between Romeo and Juliet
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The Play's Structuring Doubles
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How to Read a Film? Practice
Film's Language
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Discussions:
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How is the film telling the story in its particular language?
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What does the film open up about the text that you hadn't noticed or considered before?
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How to read a film? Key Concepts
Semiotics - a system of signs and codes that create meaning. Sometimes works differently in film. The
codes in film are the medium through which the message is conveyed.
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Connotative meaning - what's implied, what surpasses denotation (i.e. a black cat - connotative meaning
is bad luck) can ramify and amplify meaning
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Denotative meaning - the literal representation of the word (i.e. pricked by Cupid's bow - C.M. penis,
D.M actually struck by Cupid)
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Paradigmatic connotation - when are sense of the connotation is dependant on the range of the shot
from a list of possibilities (i.e choosing to shoot someone from the bottom up, making them look larger
than they are)
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Synatgmatic connotation - what actually happens and how you compare it
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Pan - the camera is moving from one side of the stage to the other, without cutting
Cut - can happen between shots, scenes, etc.
Jump - jumps from one point of focus to another
Mise en scene ("putting in the scene)- what you put into the scene, and how it's shot. Includes
EVERYTHING
Accelerated - rapid succession of images in motion pictures to create an association of ideas,
the putting together of shots in a film
Parallel - alternate between scenes, may not be related
Involuted - shots can be delivered, that are out of order
Montage
Syntax of film
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Culturally derived codes (exist outside film)
Codes shared with other arts (ex. Gesture)
Codes unique to cinema - i.e. montage
Codes
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Limitations - what is in the frame, what's in and what's out
Composition - how things are arranged
Frame
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Parallel versus contrapuntal
Sound
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The play of Petrarchanism: Who speaks the language of Petrarchanism? Who is the subject of
Petrarchan expression?
Lecture 7 - 03/10
Monday, October 03, 2011
11:43 AM
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