Earl Jackson, Jr.
Dry run midquarter. Due Monday
9.11.98 5pm [electronically] Since this is an extra assignment, I am not
asking the other section instructors to correct them. Please email
them to me, no matter which section you are actually in.
Please select one of the following
questions. Answer in a 4-5 page paper, MLA
style. Use of secondary sources is required, and document them fully
and consistently. Excerpts from Emile
Benveniste, and several important essays on narratology
will be in the next reader and on reserve at the McHenry library.
I have also provided
bibliographies on our site and lists of extremely helpful online research
tools and other resources. I list some of them below. Please use them.
1. Discuss the relation of language to
subjectivity in terms of the narrative peculiarities
of one of the following:
- The Killer Inside Me
- In a Lonely Place.
of the concepts of „artifice“ vs. „reality,“ or „authenticity“ vs. „inauthenticity“as
they are elaborated in
Ripley Under Ground and Fools.
3. Summarize a philosophy that you
can discern underlying Rendezvous in Black and Nightfall,
and contrast them.
4. Consider the semiotics of the world
as presented in a detective
novel you have read; consider the semiotics
of the world as presented in any one of the texts we have read in class,
and contrast them. If possible, use this comparison to speculate a difference
in kind that distinguishes not only the two texts, but their respective
5. Compare and contrast the
consequences of seeing in Woolrich’s
„Rear Window“ and any one of the Argento
films we have or will have screened.
To aid you
in your work, the following resources on our site include:
Problems – this is the set pages in which I outline the conceptual
framework for the course, and give examples of the methodologies we will
use. These pages are hyperlinked to other pages that will provide further
background, or more in-depth treatments.
Aids – extremely valuable, annotated collection of glossaries, introductions
to theories, etc. This is a required site for the course.
Help From Outside our Web Site:
Elements of Style
Web of Dictionaries
An amazing compendium of any imaginable dictionary available on line.
The site also comes with a multidictionary search engine.
The Voice of the
Jobs Well Done
to Pat Cadigan’s Fools
Nichole Kydreos on
„What do you mean?“ means