Monday, January 6, 2014

First Day Notes

To begin our semester, we'll do some simple analysis of animated Disney films to practice the kind of analysis of pop culture we'll be undertaking this semester.

To start with, in a sentence or two, we'll summarize each of the following films: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, 101 Dalmatians, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Little Mermaid, and Cinderella.

Next, let's look at some humourous recreations of the these films' posters:

How might we infer these messages from the films?


Okay, so it's not actually 20 pages. Read the article "Why We Crave Horror Movies" by Steven King, and e-mail me your response (following the directions for blog posts on your syllabus) by midnight tonight!

Finally, you should go ahead and begin reading the first Stave of A Christmas Carol for Wednesday. If you're looking for a free digital copy, Google Books has a great edition here.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

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