Welcome to ENG110Y: Narrative

I’m looking forward to our first meeting on May 13. If you’d like to get a jump on the readings, I’d suggest starting on The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes. For movies that are interesting from a narrative perspective, and which I will probably mention in class, you might see AdaptationTristram ShandyBernie, Thomas in Love, Annie Hall, 5X2 , or Blue Valentine; for very clear examples of “masterplots,” check out Macbeth (for tragedy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for comedy), Memento (for mystery), The Big Lebowski (for the picaresque) and, if you can find it, Emporte-Moi (Set Me Free) (for the coming-of-age story). These films are not part of the syllabus, and some are better than others; feel free to suggest your own selection of films or shows that are interesting in terms of structure, point-of-view or storytelling.


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