LAST RESPONSE QUESTION, DEADLINE JULY 25
*if you don’t want to answer online: please put a printed version in my mailbox (KGIV, ground floor)
Please answer one of the following questions (600 words):
- In the series The Fall , we learn much more about the personality of the killer, but also about the characters of the victims, than is usual in other crime series or fiction. What effect does this larger aspect of audience knowledge have on how you watch the series?
- In class, we discussed the various reactions to the character of Stella Gibson. Some lauded her as a feminist supersleuth, while this claim was dismissed by others, calling the series misogynist. What were the arguments?
- Stella Gibson is not the first or only strong detective character on televison. Can you think of other series that represent strong or feminist female leads?
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR SESSION ON 5 JULY: HAPPY VALLEY, TEXT BY MCELROY
Please Watch at least Season 1, Episode 1
-What is the connection between the police procedural and its realism claim? What does it have to do with the female detectives in the 21st century?
-What could you say about the representations of different ‘femininities’ or ‘masculinities’ in Happy Valley? How does the series differ from the ones that are marked as ‘the police procedural’ that McElroy mentions throughout the article?
Here, you will find two kinds of questions for our work in the Proseminar:
*study questions and *response questions.
*study questions: They are put here every week, and are merely here to help you structure your assigned reading for the week. You don’t have to post on them.
*response questions: There are three deadlines for responses throughout the semester. One week before this deadline, I will put up three response questions that are pertaining to what we did so far in the course. If you want to answer, *chose one of those options and post your response on this site (as a ‘reply‘) (600 words) by the deadline given on your course schedule. If you wish to not post your response online, please hand in a printed version during class. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME EMAIL ATTACHMENTS.
if your post doesn’t appear immediately after posting, don’t panic. I have to approve it first before it goes live.
Study Questions for Session 4: Sherlock and the heroic
Assigned Episodes: 2/3, 3/1
- What makes a hero? In your own definition?
- What kinds of heroism are discussed in the text by Marinaro and Thomas, and which ones do Watson and Sherlock stand for, respectively?
- can you think of scenes which heroise Sherlock? Watson?
RESPONSE QUESTIONS FOR DEADLINE MAY 16
1. Detective Fiction: What can you say about the history of crime fiction? Which role did the detective play in crime fiction? What were the most common types of detectives that we discussed, and what are their characteristics
2. Television Analysis: Why is it important to look not just at the story and plot level of a television (or film) text? What can we learn and be able to say about the effect of movies by looking for the “visual text”? Which features are most important in your view?
3. Sherlock: The BBC series which started in 2010 and was created by Moffat and Gatiss was an instant hit. What do you think were the reasons for this updating of such an old, iconic detective story being so successful? Why did people want to see this kind of Sherlock Holmes?
Study Questions for session 5: the transmedia fanbase / text by Petersen
- what does ‘mediatized talk’ mean?
- what are the three different kinds of talk that Petersen identifies?
- what function doe the tumblr conversations have for the Sherlock fans?
- How much influence, do you think, do fans have on the production of TV show today?