April 11, 2011
Courses and Syllabi
Dr. Laura L. Runge
Office: CPR 360D
Office hours: S 11
T: 10-12; W 3-5;
Friday as needed;
And By Appt
British Literature 1616-1780
April 18: Class 13
No additional reading
Post 6 Group A -- Response 6 Group B
If you did not finish the reading for last week, please do so by this week. I would
especially like for you to read the sections on isolation.
We will be watching a film in class and discussing it afterward. It is very important for you to be present.
Reading Notes and Discussion Questions:
Castaway, directed by Robert Zemeckis, Dreamworks Pictures, 2000. Starring Tom Hanks.
This film runs 143 minutes, and so we won't have much time to discuss. I will ask that you
take notes on some of the following questions:
- What plot elements does the movie carry over from Robinson Crusoe?
- What thematic elements carry over from the novel?
- How does the castaway narrative translate into 20th-century experience?
- What conflicts does Chuck Noland encounter on the island? How do these differ from Crusoe?
- How does Noland's response to such conflicts differ from Crusoe's
For your post consider the following questions:
What about the Robinson Crusoe story makes it so adaptable? In answering this question,
you may draw on other examples of a Robinsonade with which you are familiar.
How would a 21st Century person respond to a Robinsonade situation? What would a contemporary adaptation require?
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