March 31, 2009
I will be returning all on-time essays tomorrow in class. All other essays will be available for pick-up at the final exam, and possibly before that time at the drama desk (TBA).
This is also a reminder that I’ll be accepting late Hitchcock papers up until tomorrow in class – Wednesday April 1.
March 30, 2009
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Wendy Crewson sent the following note after her visit last week, and asked me to pass it along. You made quite the impression on her:
“I had a truly wonderful time… and was so impressed and inspired by your students. Thank them please for making me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to great things from them”
March 19, 2009
You are welcome to hand late papers to me during class time, or to submit them to the Drama desk. If you choose the latter option, you must submit the paper to an attendant who will sign and date it. The office is open M-F, 9am-3:45pm. I will continue to accept papers up to and including our last class, on Wednesday April 1, 2009. After that point, I will not accept any more papers.
March 17, 2009
Q: When I am referring to characters and events, need I mention which of the two films in which said character/event is featured? I will, of course, indicate in the essay that I am speaking about both “The Thirty-Nine Steps” and “The Lady Vanishes”, but must I always be writing things like: “Consider, for instance, the performance of Mr. Memory at the Music Hall in ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps'”, or can I assume sufficient familiarity with the films’ content on the part of the reader, and drop the “in The Thirty-Nine Steps”?
A: In terms of style and clarity, you should clarify the film the first time you mention a character, but you need not mention the film name every subsequent time you mention the character. There are exceptions, of course: if you are talking about one film for an extended period of time and then throw in something about the other film, it makes sense to highlight your change. Your basic aim is to make sure the reader can follow you, without repeating things unnecessarily!
February 28, 2009
The assignment sheet for the second essay is now posted on the Assignments page. As mentioned in class, this essay is now due on March 18. Any tips or further information on this assignment will be posted on this blog page, and also accessible by choosing ‘hitchcock tips’ under the Categories on the right. The two films for the essay — The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes — are now available for sign-out at the Drama desk. Get started early! If students are having trouble borrowing the films in the next two weeks, please let me know. If you have any general questions about assignment policies, please read the Assignments page of the website in full before contacting me. GOOD LUCK!