Narrative Theory II

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Post-quiz free-time activities

Group in-class exercise: Identify narrative elements in texts

  • Groups 1, 2, and 3 move to Group Study Rooms in the Phifer Learning Commons.
  • Connect to your study group's Google doc (above).
  • As a group (you can work simultaneously on a Google doc), describe how each narrative element (from lecture) is or is not found in the texts we've viewed:
    • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
    • black-ish (2014–)
    • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-)
  • Identify each contribution you make by putting your initials after it. Use three initials if your group has students with the same two initials.
  • For example:
    • Exposition: The exposition of this Friends episode starts with Rachel and Joey discussing a previously established storyline (Monica and Chandler getting together). The exposition for a second, related storyline and this episode's main story is when we see Monica and Chandler at a work party and it's established that he has an obnoxious "work laugh." A third storyline is introduced when Ross is angry about his ex-wife getting married. (JGB)

Post-group work free-time activities

  • Put on headphones and watch remainder of Mad Men episode (on Blackboard)
  • Start reading, for next week:
    • Butler, Jeremy G. “Mad Men: Visual Style.” In How to Watch Television, 38-46. Edited by Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell. New York: NYU Press, 2013 (on Blackboard).

Individual narrative analysis

Details here: JCM212/Narrative Analysis