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ERIC Number: ED161061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
The Celluloid Critic and the Student of Composition.
McCreadie, Marsha
Using great literature to clarify and to improve students' writing is like using the unknown-literature to explain the only slightly less unknown--the writing of compositions. An alternative is to study films to foster an awareness of technique, for films contain many of the same rhetorical and structural devices as literature. It is possible to focus attention in film discussions on devices also found in literature, such as theme, narrative organization of time and space, development and presentation of flat and round characters, point of view, use of mood and atmosphere, and symbolism. Specific films may be used to make the connection between film study and student writing, or clips and stills may accomplish the same purpose with less cost. In addition, film critics may be studied as students become aware of differences in critical schools, points of view, and styles of critical writing. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)