ERIC Number: ED393427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Video in the Classroom: Agatha Christie's "Evil Under the Sun" and the Teaching of Narratology through Film.
This paper suggests ways in which video can be used in teaching college literature and cinema courses in order to promote audiovisual literacy. The method proposed presupposes an approach to narrative through narratology, the discipline that examines texts of narrative fiction as narratives, irrespective of their mode of manifestation (verbal, visual, or other). Narratologists posit three terms for the textual analysis of narratives: story and narration, which are conceived in abstract terms, and text, which is the only concrete entity available to the reader. By employing a film narrative, such as Guy Hamilton's "Evil Under the Sun" (a detective story film based on Agatha Christie's classic of the same title) as a case study, the instructor can take advantage of the concreteness and immediacy of cinematic image, as well as the versatility of video, to make abstract notions more understandable. In practice, the method of video application to the teaching of narrative theory is the following: a single session is devoted to the uninterrupted viewing of the entire film so as not to spoil the pleasure of the first reading. In the next session, an analysis of the film's structure is attempted, introducing certain aspects of theory, such as plot structure and design, narrative strategies and modes of narration, the role of the narrator, and textual relationships. Selected excerpts from the film text are provided to illustrate theoretical concepts. (Contains 19 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Detective Stories; Evil Under the Sun; Film Theory; Narrative Text; Narratology
Note: In: Verbo-Visual Literacy: Understanding and Applying New Educational Communication Media Technologies. Selected Readings from the Symposium of the International Visual Literacy Association (Delphi, Greece, June 25-29, 1993); see IR 017 742.