Canadian Film and Literature
final version, Jan 14, 2000
Interpretation Questions (40%;
5 from the 15 questions ;
-- each 8 points--2
points for identification of author and title and 6 points for interpretation)
-- [extra credits
will be given if you identify more than 5 and offer 2-to-3-sentence
interpretation for those extra ones: two credits to each additional
to the questions
takes time to for the images to be transferred to your computer.)
Questions: 3 altogether (Each 20%)
In answering the following questions, you should not repeat
in your choice of texts, and you should use The Seven Streams
of River Ota once.
is the theme of survival in the city treated in the Canadian
texts we have read/watched?
Are there any elements
that make the problems they deal with specifically urban?
Choose two texts
(one literary and one filmic) as your examples, and also compare
the similarities and differences between them.
[Clues: to answer this question, you need to
-- define what survival means (to survive,
or live with what social and psychological problems and/or personal
-- how the characters survive (Do they go through
a process of mourning? A ritual? Are they self-indulgent or
helped by others? Do they enjoy a comfortable space in the city,
live in their own world, or in many worlds at the same time?
Do they need to play different roles or be untrue to their own selves?)
How is the city of Toronto or Montreal (choose one) presented in
the texts we deal with? Choose
[Where to start?
Examine your texts
by thinking the general characteristics of a city:
-- its public spaces of gathering (hotel, museum,
parking lot, train/subway station, road, airport, department stores, senior
citizen's home) and secret corners (strip dance bar, sauna, small hotel
room and "home");
-- its rapid flows of people, information, traffic,
money, and the energy and instability caused by these flows.
-- its history and/or present postmodern conditions
(e.g. rapid flows and fast pace, the dominance of video screens [hyperreality]
as well as other media and technologies, disaffection, multiple spaces
[suggesting multiple possibilities?]).
by thinking about how the city is experienced and
-- from a collective point of view or individual
point of view; from a central position or marginal position, from the point
of view of a man, a woman, the older generation or the younger?
-- And experienced with what activities (working,
walking, photographing, shopping)?
-- What places or aspects of the city are focused
on (its history, its national identity, its gender relations, etc.)?
-- realistically or symbolically?
In other words, examine your texts with the above-mentioned questions
and categories, and then pick up your focus. You cannot deal
with all of them!
Choose 1 from
the following 2:
3. Do a close analysis
of one text in which different genres and texts (e.g. of film and literature,
fairy-tale, painting, video, photograph) are mixed and blended to convey
the text's overall messages. Discuss how the use of these texts and/or
genres help enrich the text's meanings.
4. Do a close analysis
of a text and discuss how its (filmic and/or literary) techniques help
convey its meanings.