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Shannon Scott

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 345
Phone
(651) 962-5654

Werewolves, circuses, film noir detectives, and femme fatales--these are the themes of the English courses I teach. Each class is an exploration of lives lived on the edge of a tightrope or a knife, in the shadows of a sideshow tent or the silhouette of a smoking gun. What I love about teaching these topics is that no two classes are ever the same--new experiences, new texts and films, and, most importantly, new blood.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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ENGL 203 - 08 Noir in Film and Literature M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 229
CRN: 22470 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shannon F. Scott This course explores the genre of noir in both film and literature beginning chronologically in post-World War II America. Historical context includes veterans returning from WWII (often the “heroes” of film noir), women’s changing roles after WWII (the femme fatale and early feminism), the Cold War, McCarthyism, and blacklisting in Hollywood. This background will provide a basis for the inspiration and success of film noir with American audiences. Texts used early in the course are often those adapted into film (James M. Cain’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY and Raymond Chandler’s THE BIG SLEEP). Emphasis in film is placed on the visual techniques used to create the mood/tone of film noir--its gritty subculture. As filmmakers fled Germany and Austria in the 1930s to work in Hollywood, techniques from German expressionist film helped to visually convey feelings of alienation, obsession, and instability fundamental to the genre (for example, Fritz Lang’s THE BIG HEAT, Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and Otto Preminger’s LAURA). The second half of the course will focus on the genre of noir in postmodern literature and film. Cinematic examples of “retro-noir” (CHINATOWN, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, and DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS) are studied in conjunction with examples of “neo-noir” (MEMENTO, MULLHOLLAND DRIVE, FARGO, and KISS KISS BANG BANG). Contemporary literary examples of neo-noir, such Jonathan Lethem’s GUN WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC, Janet Fitch’s "THE METHOD," and Naomi Hirahara's "NUMBER 15" are analyzed to see how noir returns in a twenty-first century, multicultural lens. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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