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The syllabus for 
Illinois Valley Community College's 

Film, Art, and Literature

Film 2010-01
T Th at 9:30-10:45 AM in A-321

Spring 2016

Kimberly M. Radek-Hall, Professor
Office A-314
Office Hours: 9-11 a.m. on MW
9-9:30 a.m. & 12:15-12:45 p.m. on  T

Phone: 815-224-0395
E-mail: kimberly_radekhall@ivcc.edu

Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee's Romeo and Juliet (1884)

Course Objectives

This course looks closely at the relationship of film, visual art, and literature, focusing most specifically upon the interaction between them from a historical perspective, i.e., how this relationship has changed as the art forms have changed since their inception. Required comparative readings and film and art viewings are a component of this course. 

General Education

This course has no required prerequisites, counts for three hours of General Education credit at IVCC, and transfers to IAI-participating schools as an HF 900 class, and, as such, it must be approached with a serious and thoughtful attitude. In addition, it will help you to attain several of the eight goals, deemed central to IVCC's general education program, specifically:

Goal 1. To apply analytical and problem-solving skills to personal, social, and professional issues and situations.

Goal 2. To communicate successfully, both orally and in writing, to a vareity of audiences.

Goal 3. To construct a critical awareness of and appreciation for diversity.

Goal 4. To understand and use technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

Goal 5. To develop interpersonal capacity.

Goal 6. To recognize what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual and as a member of society.

Goal 7.  To recognize what it means to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, in terms of mind, body, and spirit.

Goal 8. To connect learning to life.


Required Texts for Purchase

Adams, Laurie Schneider. Looking at Art. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code.  New York: Doubleday, 2003.

Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies. 13th edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2011.

Martin, George R. R. A Game of Thrones. New York: Bantam Books, 1996.

Style Book. 2011.  (The free online version is sufficient.)

Soles, Derek.  The Prentice Hall Pocket Guide to Understanding Literature. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.



Grading Scale (%)

A  100-90% B  89-80% C  79-70% D  69-60% F 59% and below

Class Participation: 15%
Examinations (4): 40%
Form to Content Projects & Presentations (3): 30%
Interdisciplinary Research Project: 15% 

Class Participation: You will be evaluated on your contribution and efforts to the class. All homework, group projects, in-class writings, and quizzes will be graded and make up your participation grade. 

The Examinations: You will be tested over the material covered in class lecture material, discussions, and assigned readings and viewings. The examinations may include short answer, multiple choice, true/false, and passage, film, or work identification questions but will be largely comprised of essay questions. These exams will show that you have read or viewed the assigned texts critically and analytically, identifying common themes and techniques in them, and can write clearly about them.
For each exam, there will be film and art viewings or literary selections that you will have to analyze. 

The Presentations: In these form to content presentations you and your group--each group should have at least four people--will analyze and evaluate the artistic merits of your chosen subject, showing how the director, author, or artist uses elements of the artistic medium to communicate the theme of the piece. These presentations should, of course, have clearly stated thesis statements in their first slide or paragraph and comply to the standards given in The Style Book. They should mention the piece's theme and include a handout which offers a selection of the given piece which the class can see or read--and study from later.  They will be evaluated on audience, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling, and style as well as content.

Interdisciplinary Research Project: For this project you will have several options, but your goal is to demonstrate what you have learned about each art form and their interactions with each other.  You might write a research paper analyzing the intersections and interconnections between the works of a director, a writer, and an artist. You might create a presentation in which you relate the three different art forms around one theme. You might analyze the work of an artist who operates within all of these art forms.  In addition to this analysis, whatever the scope of your project, I will expect to see you integrate outside research from at least three sources in some way. Likewise, I expect that you will address at least one theory, either of aesthetics or ideology.   Like the presentations, these projects will be evaluated on audience, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling, and style as well as content.

Expected Student Outcomes

  Analyze various film techniques and genres to attain a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality of film.

  Analyze various literary techniques and genres to attain a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality of literature.

  Analyze various art techniques and genres to attain a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality of visual works.

  Demonstrate an understanding of the impact that history, politics, and technology have had and continue to have upon the film, art, and literature produced.

  Express the way that society impacts films, art, and literature and the way films, art, and literature impact society.

  Explain the ways that film, art, and literature influence and are influenced by each other.

  Come to conclusions about the roles of film, art, and literature in society and determine their responsibilities to society and to each other.

Skills Necessary for Successful Completion

In this course, you must be prepared to view films and art and read works of literature intellectually, artistically, critically, and analytically and be able to express these ideas both orally and in written form, and demonstrate a knowledge of the history, conventions, and practices of these industries and their interrelation to each other.

Expected Student Behaviors

The student will read/view texts with understanding and appreciation, reacting to and analyzing what he or she has read/seen, by the date(s) they are to be discussed.
The student will participate actively to lectures and discussions, asking/submitting questions for clarification on ideas or issues, if
The student will participate in discussion, offering his or her insights about the literature or asking the class or instructor for clarification on material he or she does not completely understand.
The student will integrate and cite accurately information of other writers, critics, or scholars, using those other opinions, beliefs, and/or observations to support his or her own opinions, beliefs, and/or observations.
The student will synthesize lecture, discussion, and text materials to come to a more solid world view on the impact these arts have and have had upon history, society, and the art world, and vice versa.
 Students will respect each other's personal beliefs and be committed to helping each other learn more about the course information and themselves. Students will help each other become more confident in his or her own unique personal voice and see the authority in his or her own personal experience. 


The College's policy on plagiarism applies in this class; I will question you if your work does not appear to be your own. Keep all notes, outlines, drafts, and finished assignments so that you can demonstrate that writing you have submitted is your own work, should any question of plagiarism arise.

Tentative Class Schedule


Section 1

Literature and Its Elements

Unit 1

12-19 January


Read Fiction Lecture and assigned readings from Understanding Literature
Read Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and "Désirée's Baby," Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper"

Read George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, due at the end of this section

Begin reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, due in the last unit of the course

Quiz #1

Unit 2

24 January

Read Drama Lecture and assigned readings from Understanding Literature
Read Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" and Andrew Niccol's rough draft of Gattaca

Quiz #2
Unit 3

26 January

31 January

Read Poetry Lecture and assigned readings from Understanding Literature
Read Sharon Olds's "Sex Without Love," Margaret Atwood's "Bored,"  Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market," Robert Frosts' "The Road Not Taken," and John Keats's "Las Belle Dame sans Merci"

Discussing George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones

Quiz #3
2-9 February

14 February

Presentations Due: Form to Content on Literature

Examination #1

Section 2

Art and Its Elements
Unit 4

16 February

Read Chapters 1-3 in Looking at Art
Read Art Lecture Notes

Quiz #4
Unit 5

21  February

Read Chapters 4-6 in Looking at Art
Read Art Lecture II Notes

Quiz #5
Unit 6

23 February

28 February-
2 March

9 March

Read Chapters 7-8 in Looking at Art

Quiz #6

Presentations Due: Form to Content on Art

Examination #2

Section 3
Film and Its Elements
Unit 7

14 - 16 March

Read Photography and Mise-en-scene Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 1 and 2
View Gattaca and an episode of Game of Thrones, Season One

Quiz #7
Unit 8

21 March

Read Cinema History Lecture
Read Movement and Editing Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 3 and 4

Quiz #8
Unit 9

23 March

4 - 6 April

11 April

Read Sound and Acting Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 5 and 6

Quiz #9

Presentations Due: Form to Content on Film

Examination #3

Note: See me or e-mail me by 12:00 PM on 4/8/17 to withdraw from this class (or withdraw yourself using WebAdvisor).

Section 4
Bringing it All Together
Unit 10

13-20 April

25-27 April

2 - 4 May


Read Ideology Lecture and Understanding Movies, chapters 10 and 12
View Independence Day and Men in Black

Evaluating The Da Vinci Code

Project Due: Interdisciplinary Research Project

Quiz #10

9 May

Examination #4

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Contact Kimberly M. Radek-Hall, the instructor of Film, Art, and Literature, at Kimberly_RadekHall@ivcc.edu

This page was last updated on 24 January 2017. Copyright Kimberly M. Radek-Hall, 2001.