David Gilmour, Film Club, essay is due Nov. 21st, at 11:00pm.
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Critical Response to David Gilmour’s memoir Film Club (15 pts); due November 21st, at 11:00pm (1200 words). Submitted via E-Learning
You’ve been attending and writing about the arts for about three months now. I’ve tried to provide you with some data about what best research suggests about the relationship between the arts and our capacity to learn, the health of our democracy, and the vitality of local economies. I’ve tried to introduce you to so folks who are passionate about what they do and work hard to bring beauty, mystery, and richness to our lives. I hope you’ve experienced something this semester that makes you think that the arts might enhance the quality of your life. I do believe with Mike Martone that you will need poetry – or music or painting or theatre or just a good story – someday. But it has been, of course, still somewhat of an academic enterprise. So I like David Gilmour’s memoir of his son’s coming of age as a more direct kind of meditation on the role that the arts – or a particular art form, film – might play in bringing about connection and meaning. What I’d like you to do is reflect — in the most specific way possible – about the significance of Gilmour’s rich hunch about his son’s education and our work this semester. What is it about watching movies that Gilmour believes might redeem his son’s experience with formal education? What is it about watching movies that Gilmour believes might enhance his relationship with his son? Maybe most importantly – how do we need to watch and think about movies to bring about this good? How else might we use this book to think more about your watching, attending, and listening? I won’t regulate any more specifically how you go about writing this reflection. You’re perfectly welcome to write in the first person and invited to go off on any tangent you think relevant. Just don’t lose track of looking to document for me that you’ve done the reading carefully, thoughtfully and with an eye for detail. (In other words, please don’t try to pull this task off by reading a chapter or two or some summary you find online.) A bibliography is only necessary if you choose to go looking for the support of secondary sources, but reminder that the best papers will most certainly be pointing to specific sections of Gilmour’s text. You can simply follow up a direct quotation with the page numbers in parentheses. Have fun.