MADNESS AND CIVILIZATION (PART II)

Instructor: Svitlana Kobets, PhD, LMS

University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, Continuing Education

svitlana.kobets@utoronto.ca, svitlana@411.ca

6 Mondays April 14 – May 19 2009

Time: 10-12 am

Location: Brennan Hall 203

Structure: lecture-discussion

 

EPL13S Madness and Civilization II: Folly and Lunacy in World Literature and Film

Some of the most celebrated works of literature and art offer intriguing and captivating musings on the topic of madness and folly, raising time and again burning questions pertaining to our civilization, ethics, and selfhood. “Why are some people rejected by society and labeled “mad”? What is madness?” In this course we will contemplate these questions as we undertake a comparative study of socio-cultural conceptualizations of madness and folly in several cultural traditions. While this course pursues the same theme as the one taught in the fall of 2007, its readings and screenings are different. It will focus on the contemporary rather than ancient texts and films. There are no prerequisites for this course, yet it is important that you read the texts and view the films prior to our meetings. The success of the course will depend on your preparedness and readiness to discuss our chosen texts and films.

READINGS and FILMS

Nikolai Gogol, “The Diary of a Madman” (short story)

Mikhail Bulgakov, “Master and Margarita” (novel)

Gary Sinise’s “Of Mice and Men” (film, 1992)

Frank Darabont, “The Green Mile” (film, 1999)

Robert Zemeckis, “Forest Gump” (film, 1994)

Pavel Lungin, “The Island” (film, 2006)

 

SCHEDULE

Class 1, April 14 2009

Introduction to the course

Romantic movement and the theme of madness

Gogol (1809-1852)

The Diary of a Madman

Discussion Questions

Handout 1

Readings: Nikolay Gogol, The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories. London: Penguin Books, 2005: 174-196.

 

Class 2, April 21 2009

Mikhail Bulgakov, Master & Margarita (1929-1940)

Discussion Questions

Handout 2

Readings: Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master & Margarita. Diana Burgin & Tietnan O'Connor (transl.) Dana Point: Ardis, 1995: 3-181 (Part 1).

Acts of Pilate

 

Class 3, April 28 2009

Mikhail Bulgakov, Master & Margarita

Discussion Questions

Handout 3

Readings: Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master & Margarita. Diana Burgin & Tietnan O'Connor (transl.) Dana Point: Ardis, 1995: 185-335 (Part 2).

 

Short-term loan of Gary Sinise's Of Mice and Men: the DVD is on 2-day reserve in the Kelly Library.

Class 4, May 5 2009

Gary Sinise’s film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men (1992)

Discussion Questions

Frank Darabont, “The Green Mile” (film, 1999)

Discussion Questions

Handout 4

Films: Of Mice and Men, DVD, Gary Sinise (dir.), 2003; The Green Mile, DVD, Frank Darabont, 1999

 

Class 5, May 12 2009

Robert Zemeckis, Forest Gump (film, 1994)

Discussion Questions

Handout

Film: Forest Gumb, DVD, Robert Zemeckis, 2001.

 

Class 6, May 19 2009

Pavel Lungin, The Island (film)

Screening 10-12 am; Discussion 12-1 pm

Discussion Questions

Handout

Film: The Island, DVD, Pavel Lungin, 2006.

 

 

 
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