Assignments

Prompt for Nov 27 paper

Topic: In 5 pages (~roughly 250w/page), compare and contrast the stories of community-building in the Momotarō stories you have read. You may include the Tsuchimoto film. Please include at least 1 reference to food (or drink).

Goals:

•to conduct formal analysis on both literary and visual texts;
•to compare themes, genres, narrative dynamics across texts (=intertextuality);
•to talk about how food works as both a symbol and a material object in a text.

Prompt for October 14 Paper

Goals: to use formal analysis to make an argument about the “content” of the film; to demonstrate media literacy with blogging (using images and text together, making your essay findable through categories and tags).

Prompt: Choose 1 scene from Tampopo that you think is THE most important in the film. Make a screenshot of 1 frame; put a caption on the image. In 500 words, explain to your reader why it is the most important (i.e. interesting, significant, revealing, etc.) in the film.

–>Hint: look at some of the past writings, to see tone, structure [look at category “Tampopo” or “assignments”]

Format: You’ll post this for your classmates, and also send it to your TA/prof:

Blog: Please post using the “new post” function. The post should have a title that fits the CONTENT of the paper—NOT “Screenshot paper.”

  • Tone—can be casual, but should be spell-checked, proofread.
  • Should include 1 image with caption.
  • Should use category “Screenshot assignment” and tags that go with YOUR assignment (ramen, French food, etc.)

For TAs/grading: Please send a hard copy to your TA and to the professor. Your file name should start with your last name, and look like this: “Sun_screenshot_paper_Fall_2013.doc” (.docx is fine, too, as is RTF). You should be able to cut and paste from your blog entry.

Prompt for May 10 and May 24 workshop assignment

workshop assignment—screen shot
250-300w ea due May 10 and May 24

Prompt for May 10: Pick what you consider to be the single most important shot in the animated version of Momotarō. Your paper will be organized around this screen shot (which you will include and caption). In 250-300w, locate the shot in its respective sequence (=describe briefly where it is). Pull out and explain any visual elements that make that shot significant (using specific language, though it need not be super-technical), and explain why it is crucial to analyze that shot in that way order to “get” the film (or other example) as a whole.Lastly, include some reference to this shot’s relation to the folktale: for example, does it affirm an idea or event, or deviate from it?

Prompt for May 24: Pick what you consider to be the single most important shot in Giants and Toys. Your paper will be organized around this screen shot (which you will include and caption). In 250-300w, locate the shot in its respective sequence (=describe briefly where it is). Pull out and explain any visual elements that make that shot significant (using specific language, though it need not be super-technical), and explain why it is crucial to analyze that shot in that way order to “get” the film (or other example) as a whole.

Prompt for May 17 “film” paper–comparing genres.

In 500w, address one of the following questions:

1) Heroism in doc and anime: discuss how the hero of Momotaro is employed in Minamata and Momotarō’s Sea Eagle as a character that every Japanese person can identify with. What is a hero imagined to be in the respective films, what relation to “common people” does he have, and what is his duty as a leader?

2) Humans, animals and machines: discuss how the relation between humans, animals and technology is depicted in Momotarō’s Sea Eagle and Astro Boy.

Prompt for May 31 “systems” paper

Discuss one of the following, in 500w.

1) How does the animated version of the Momotaro folklore effectively dramatize a system of national ideology for young viewers?

2) How and why is Astro Boy important as a new model for media systems? Use both the Steinberg essay and the anime in your analysis.

3) Giants and Toys depicts the invention of a new star system in advertising. Discuss how the genres of avant-garde film and proletarian literature are useful in understanding this new system

Final exam questions–for take-home exam

In 500 words for EACH question, due at 5pm June 14, answer the following:

1.  How does the genre of the manifesto work as a prototype for either The Factory Ship or Minamata: Its Victims and Their Worlds?

2. Based on what you have read and seen this semester, what literary/cinematic genre do you feel is most effective for cultivating a relationship with food? What is that genre, and what is the relationship it cultivates? n.b: if you pick “documentary” as your genre, it must address at least one of the sub-genres that you discussed in section, based on the Nichols article.

NO substitutions–this is a final exam.

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