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Your film journal is your opportunity to explore the process of writing about film. Unlike film reviews, journal entries should not summarize the film’s plot or themes or provide a general evaluation of its worth. Instead, they should analyze the film in dialogue with the readings for the course. The readings offer cultural and historical information that will help you to understand the context of these films’ production and reception in India and globally. They also adopt different methods for the study of film, which you will experiment with as we move through the semester. Format: You will submit entries of around 500 words for five of the six full films we see. Please turn papers in to the Teams assignment. Deadlines are on Teams. Please keep a record of your entries as documents on your hard drive or e-mail. A total of 30 points are possible (6 points per film entry X 5), with a possible 3 extra credit points if you do an extra entry. Your entries should be short essays. They must include a thesis statement, a “body” section that presents evidence for your argument from the readings, and a short concluding statement. Because of the short length, please keep your introduction and conclusion short. Your entries should reply to the prompts in two ways: by answering the question and by considering the named method. When citing the readings, please use simple parenthetical references, i.e. (Rockwell, 125). Entries must be original work. Pyaasa: Song Sequences: Choose the song that best shows how the hero negotiates a melodramatic conflict in the film. Using the work of Daisy Rockwell or Neepa Majumdar, please discuss how either the way that the song is presented visually OR how ideas about the purity of the female voice contribute to the meaning of the scene. Grading Rubric
Appropriateness for Audience: How confidently and correctly does the journal address your audience, which is other viewers of Hindi cinema interested in culture, history, or society? Exploration of Topic: How well does your journal supply relevant and compelling content from the film and the readings? How well does it convey your understanding of the question and demonstrate your ability to answer it? Consciousness of Method: Does your journal convey that you understand the various methods of writing about film? Conventions of Writing: How well do you handle the conventions of essay writing? Does your essay have a thesis? Is it organized logically and does it come to a satisfying conclusion? Sources and Evidence: Does your journal use evidence from both the films and readings? Does it use ideas taken from the readings and films to develop an independent argument? Control over Syntax and Mechanics: Is your journal a pleasure to read? Does it use language gracefully and skillfully, that is clear and fluent, and almost completely free of errors? Checklist
Answered the question showing understanding of the method (narrative analysis)
Around 500 words (1 single spaced or 2 double spaced pages)
Argumentative Thesis Statement in a succinct Introductory Paragraph
Body Paragraph(s) supporting your thesis using the readings and films as evidence
Conclusion in Concluding Paragraph
Proofread, spell-checked, and grammar-checked


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