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COMM1890 Screen Narrative - Reading List

Screen Narrative, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Tracey Mollet
t.l.mollet@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 2. FILM STRUCTURE

 Required Reading:

 Batty, C. 2010. ‘The physical and emotional threads of the archetypal hero’s journey.’ Journal of Screenwriting. Vol 1 (2) pp. 291-308.    

 Batty, C. 2011. ‘Redefining the Hero’s Journey into a New Model of Screenwriting’ in Movies that Move Us: Screenwriting and the Power of the Protagonist’s Journey. London: Palgrave, pp. 81-91.    

 

Week 3. NETFLIX NARRATIVES (AND OTHER STORIES)

Required Reading:

 Dunleavy, T. 2017. Complex Serial Drama and Multi-Platform Television. London: Routledge, pp. 1-15.    

 Baker, Dyomi. 2017. ‘Terms of Excess: Binge-viewing as Epic Viewing in the Netflix era’ in C. Baker and Myc Wiatrowski (eds.) The Age of Netflix: Critical Essays on Streaming Media, Digital Delivery and Instant Access. Jefferson: McFarland, pp. 31-54.    

 

Week 4. GENRE I - PATTERNS OF STORYTELLING IN FILM

Required Reading:

Newcomb, H. 2004. ‘Narrative and Genre,’ in J. Downing et al. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Media Studies. London: Sage, pp. 413-427 (e-book)    

Wee, Valerie. 2006. Resurrecting and Updating the Teen Slasher: The Case of Scream. Journal of Popular Film and Television. Vol 34 (2), pp. 50-61    

Laird, Paul R. 2017. Musicals in the Mirror: Enchanted, Self-reflexivity and Disney’s Sudden Boldness, in G. Rodosthenous (ed.) The Disney Musical on Stage and on Screen: Critical Approaches, New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 65-79. 

Week 5. GENRE II - PATTERNS OF STORYTELLING IN TELEVISION

Required Reading:

Piper, Helen. 2017. ‘Happy Valley: Compassion, Evil and Exploitation in an Ordinary Trouble Town’ in B. Johnson and D. Forrest. Eds. Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain. London: Palgrave, pp. 181-200. (e-book)

 

 

 

 

  Week 7. SCREENWRITING THEORY, AUTHORSHIP AND THE ROLE OF MANUALS.

Required Reading:

Macdonald. Ian W. 2013. Screenwriting Poetics and the Screen Idea. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 12-35.     

Maras, Stephen. 2009. Screenwriting: History, Theory and Practice. London: Wallflower, pp. 9-26 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 22/10/2020) .     

 

Week 9. SCREENWRITING MASTERCLASS.

Required Viewing:

When Harry Met Sally (1989)  Available on Box of Broadcasts.

 

Week 10. CHARACTER.

Required Viewing:

Breaking Bad. Pilot Episode. (2008)  

This list was last updated on 18/08/2021