ENG 251: Film and Literature, Summer I 2019
Section CA: Monday–Thursday, 10:05 am –12:00 noon, G-123
CRN 80542



Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-16

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours

Important Announcements and Updates


Thursday, June 27:
I have finished reading all work submitted, including the Final Exam and your final research essay projects. Your final grades for the semester are posted at MyNCC (login required) and are also listed below by ID number. These grades contain generous scaling, including bonus points and adjustments. In addition, extra credit opportunities were announced in class and were also posted here as well as on the main page. Therefore, do not email me to ask about “extra credit” or other things you can do to bring your average up since you were “almost passing” or “just one point away” from the A and so on; in reality, you were probably closer to four or five points away.

Transcripts will be available beginning July 8; you may request them here.

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Response Papers

Final Exam

Research Topic

Research Bibliography

Research Project

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Enjoy the rest of the summer, and for those continuing with classes in Summer II, good luck.



Tuesday, June 25:
UPDATE (9:45 PM): I have just been informed that databases are working on campus. Apparently, some hardware was damaged in the power outage last week and equipment has to be ordered, so there is no timeline for restoring off-campus access.

Most public libraries also have at least limited database access, including Academic OneFile, Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, and others. Check your local library's website.

UPDATE (8:30 PM): I have heard from two different students that they are unable to access the college's research databases tonight to print out their sources. According to the library, off-campus access to the databases and streaming video is currently unavailable, nor is it clear when it will be restored.

If you have not already done so, finish your essay using the sources you already have or other appropriate online sources. (ie, scholarly criticism or analysis, not summaries, reviews, or “analysis” from sites such as e-Notes, SparkNotes, Wikipedia, 123HelpMe, or Gradesaver.com, et cetera.) If you have already incorporated into your essay material from sources in the databases but not printed them out to include in your folder, do not worry about printing them out tonight. We will see tomorrow if on-campus access is available and make suitable arrangements for submitting printed copies at that time.


Tomorrow is the Final Exam; be sure to review all four novels and your class notes for each. You may also find the links on the main page helpful, especially those for both  Summary and Analysis and Online Quiz for each text.

In addition, your final research essay project is due tomorrow. Do not forget that the essay must be submitted in a folder, including copies of all secondary sources used with all relevant passages highlighted. You must also submit a copy via TurnItIn.com, in the folder labeled RESEARCH ESSAY REVISION.

Friday, June 21:
I have read all of the research essay drafts that were submitted on time. Rather than waiting until Monday to provide feedback, I will send each of you an email, addressing major concerns or observations. This will allow you to continue working on and revising your essay over the weekend. Some reminders about the final research essay project:

·         The essay should be at least seven to twelve pages (1500-2500 words minimum); cover page and Works Cited do not count toward the seven-page requirement.

·         The paper must be argumentative (persuasive), with a clear, explicit, and assertive thesis statement.

·         It must use a minimum of five to seven sources, including three to five secondary sources; secondary sources must be scholarly criticism or analysis, not summaries, reviews, or “analysis” from sites such as e-Notes, SparkNotes, Wikipedia, 123HelpMe, or Gradesaver.com.

·         You must include at least one short quotation, one long—block—quotation, and one paraphrase, and these sources must be properly documented (utilizing MLA format), and integrated into your writing smoothly and correctly.

·         Essays must be submitted in a folder, including copies of all secondary sources used. Be sure to print out or photocopy all secondary sources, and highlight all relevant passages, whether quoted, paraphrased, or summarized. Failure to submit a complete folder according to these instructions will be grounds for failure on the assignment. In addition, plagiarism, either in whole or in part, will result in automatic failure (a grade of zero) for the assignment.

For Monday, be sure to read the rest of The Handmaid's Tale, through Part XV (Chapter 46) and “Historical Notes” (189–311). Class will probably include a quiz, discussion of some major points, and then viewing excerpts of Schlöndorff’s The Handmaid's Tale (1990) and season one of the Hulu series (2017).

Wednesday, June 19:
It appears that last night’s update, below, did not post correctly. As you can see, however, it is the same information as in the email you received.

For tomorrow, read at least though Part X of The Handmaid's Tale, that is, through page 188. Since we did not have one today, there will be a quiz.

If you submitted Response Paper 11 today, be sure to upload it to TurnItIn.com before midnight tonight.

Finally, remember that research essay drafts are due tomorrow, as well as Response Paper 12 and 13 if you wish to submit them; all of these must also be uploaded to TurnItIn.com before midnight tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 18:
Tomorrow we will begin our last novel of the semester, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale. Read at least the Introduction and Parts I–V (xiii–xix, 1–75) Note: Parts I-V include Chapters 1 through 13. Do not stop at the end of Chapter 5, page 29! There will probably be a quiz, and I think I might ask bonus questions about Behemoth and Tamara Faye Messner, better known as Tammy Faye Bakker.

Note that Response Paper 11 is due tomorrow. If you choose to write on it, be sure to upload it to TurnItIn.com as well.

We may also watch Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason: Margaret Atwood (Educational, 2006: 34:36).

Be sure to continue working on your research essay drafts for Thursday and be ready to ask me any further questions tomorrow.

Sunday, June 16:
Due to unanticipated delays returning to New York this evening, I will have to return your Annotated Bibliographies on Tuesday rather than tomorrow. Be sure to continue working on your research essay drafts for Thursday and email me any questions.

For tomorrow, be sure to read the rest of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, if you have not already done so. There will probably be a quiz, and it might be advantageous to know who or what are William Blake, Icarus and Ecclesiastes.

Tuesday, June 11:
I have added links for two additional recommended readings to the schedule for today, June 11: Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public” and Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

Tomorrow we begin Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Read at least through Introduction and Part 1 (xi–xvi and 1–65 in our edition), and there will likely be a quiz. You may want to determine the source of the line, “It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break eggs at the smaller end.”

We will also likely see two short features, Fahrenheit 451, the Novel: A Conversation with Author Ray Bradbury and The Making of Fahrenheit 451.

Sunday, June 9:
By coincidence (and probably at least in part because of today’s National Puerto Rican Day), West Side Story is airing on This TV at 4:30 this afternoon.

Friday, June 7:
According to the syllabus, “All writing assignments must be received by the instructor on or before the due date, by the beginning of the class period…. Students may also be required to submit an electronic copy of their work via TurnItIn.com.” A TurnItIn account has been created for each of you, and information about accessing it has been emailed to your NCC email account. Effective Monday, you must upload a copy of your work to the class space on TurnItIn.com in addition to handing in a printed copy. Submission windows will open at 8:00 AM the morning before the assignment is due and close at midnight on the day it is due, so you will have sufficient time to upload your documents. For example, if you plan to submit Response Paper 6 or 7 on Monday, you can upload them from 8:00 AM on Sunday until 11:59 PM Monday night. We will discuss and review this on Monday, as needed.

Also on Monday, we will start with viewing A Clockwork Orange, beginning where we left off, and then return to the text. Be sure to finish the text: Read through Part 3 (145–212), including Chapter 21. (Part III, Chapter 7). If you are using an edition other than that ordered for the class, be sure to also read Burgess, Anthony. “A Clockwork Orange Resucked.” (Burgess’ introduction to the 1986 American edition.)


Wednesday, June 5:
For tomorrow, be sure to read through Part II of Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange (83-143). As we did not fully cover Part I in class today, we will likely discuss both the two ptitisas from Chapter 4, Marty and Sonietta, and the Cat Lady from Chapter 6. In our quiz tomorrow, however, all of the questions will come from Part II.


Tuesday, June 4:
I have added another link to the main page, “Gee Officer Krupke!” from West Side Story.  It is (at least peripherally) related to the discussion of the source of violence in Part I of Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. As indicated in class today, we will likely have a quiz tomorrow, so perhaps I will ask about this for an extra credit question….

Monday, June 3:
I have added the information about Hogarth at the Morgan to the main page, under Extra Credit. As indicated in class, if students attend one or more of these events, and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points: a single event and written response is worth 2 points extra credit.

Thursday, May 30
I have added the following additional links to the main page:


Davenport, Coral, and Mark Landler. “Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science.” New York Times 27 May 2019.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt. “Harrison Bergeron.” (.pdf)


As a reminder, Response Paper 3 and Topic Selections are due tomorrow.

For  tomorrow’s quiz on Part 2, you should probably look up the terms goodthinkful and persiflage.

Wednesday, May 29
I have added several additional links to the main page, including information about The Spanish Civil War and the painting Guernica, as well as a link to the text of Animal Farm. The links for 1984 also now connect you to the full text of the novel; however, be advised that while the works of George Orwell are in the public domain in Australia, where these two novels are hosted (at the University of Adelaide), they are still under copyright in the United States.


If you wish to submit Response Paper 2, it is due tomorrow; please see the instructions on your syllabus or online, here.

The answer to the first question on tomorrow’s quiz, as discussed in class today, is thirteen or thirteen o’clock. You should probably also know the terms jus primae noctis and duckspeak, as well as other significant details from Part 1

Tuesday, May 28
As Professor Rau explained to you this morning, I had to take on this class unexpectedly last week. Unfortunately, I already had plans for today and was unable to change them in order to start the class, hence her presence in my stead. You should have received a copy of the syllabus and three handouts to read for tomorrow, in addition to seeing a short video introducing the concept of dystopia, the subject or theme of our class this session. If you were absent or have already misplaced these documents, the syllabus is here and you may read the three documents online:

Le Guin, Ursula K. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” (from The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Short Stories by Ursula Le Guin.) Utilitarianism.com. 2017. https://www.utilitarianism.com/nu/omelas.pdf.

Lepore, Jill. “A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction.” The New Yorker 5, 12 June 2017.  

Locke, Charley. “The Real Reason Dystopian Fiction Is Roaring Back.” Wired.com. 22 Feb. 2017. 

If you wish to submit Response Paper 1, it is due tomorrow; please see the instructions on your syllabus or online, here.

Friday, May 24
An interesting bit of news, peripherally related to the class: the sequel to Wonder Woman will be set in 1984. Read about it here.

Monday, May 20
The main page and syllabus have both been updated for the Summer I semester.
Classes begin on Tuesday, May 28; our first meeting is at 10:05 in G Building, Room 123.

The class page for Fall 2018, the last time I taught this class, is located here.
If you are looking for the previous announcements, they are here.



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