Final Exam

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 | assignments, First Essay, ProfNotes | No Comments

The final exam question sheet is available for download on the website. Scroll down the Assignments page to find a link. We have also included a series of instructions on the website itself based on today’s discussion. Please familiarize yourself with these instructions. Good luck! We look forward to reading them!

Anita Majumdar visit

Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Events | No Comments

Hello all,
This is to invite you all and students in your classes to the visit of Anita Majumdar this Thursday at 1:00 pm (either in the Rot or 106).

Anita Majumdar is the playwright actor of Fish Eyes, and The Misfit, the first two plays in her trilogy. In The Misfit she employs Kathak dance to address issues of marriage, domestic abuse and personal female bearing in society. Come and find out how Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Jem and the Holograms find themselves conscripted into a hybrid culture in this refreshing insightful theatre.

For more information… just ask Natalie Rewa or see the posters.

Scenography Exhibit

Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Events, ProfNotes | No Comments

Hello all,
This is to let you and any class that you teach know that on Tuesday, March 31, from 3:30 -4:30 there will be a scenography exhibit in the Rot. The exhibit is an exploration of scenographic interaction, developed out of Pamela Howard’s observation that scenography begins from the actor and proceeds outwards.. so the members of the Scenography and Its History class have set up several interactive exhibits for you to experience. The briefness is meant to overlap classes in our departmental schedule. The exhibits are joyful … so if you have a moment… come engage with us.

With a warm invitation.
Natalie Rewa


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 | lecture material | No Comments

The outline and powerpoint (one file) for today’s discussion is now on the Schedule page (under the title of today’s lecture). Cheers

2009 Dunning Trust Lecture

Monday, March 16th, 2009 | Events | No Comments

What: “After the Humanities,” by Marjorie Garber (Harvard University)
When: Thursday March 19, 5:30pm
Where: Ellis Auditorium
Sponsored by the departments of Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, Drama, and Film & Media
See Poster for more detail

Assignment 2 now posted on the website

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | assignments, ProfNotes, Second Essay | No Comments

The second assignment for the course has now been uploaded to the website. You will find a link to it on the Assignments page. Please note that the due date has been moved later by one week – It is now due Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the beginning of class. John will go over the assignment details in class on Tuesday, and Natalie will be handing back the Almereyda-Hamlet assignments. See you soon!

Inquiry at Queen’s

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | Events | No Comments

An impressive number of drama students are presenting papers at this year’s Inquiry at Queen’s. Please come out to Stauffer library this Thursday and Friday to support them! If you are thinking about going to graduate school, this event will give you an idea of the kind of work one can do. Check out for full details.

Johanna Lawrie
Playing With Time: An Analysis of Time and Space in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Thursday 5th 11:40-12:40

Adam Wray
Healing the Civic Body: Darren O’Donnell’s Social Acupuncture
Thursday 5th 1:30-3:30 (Adam is first on this panel) + Performance/Experiment “Share this Soapbox” at 1pm

Ashley Williamson
Audience Expectations of Autobiographical Performance
Thursday 5th 3:45-4:45 (Ashley is first on this panel)

Sacha Atherley, Justine Labute, Caitlin Stanley, Beth Turcon & Ashley Peoples
Friday 6th 1-2:30 (They are first on this panel)

Don’t give me your mumps!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 | Events, ProfNotes | No Comments

Apparently there is an outbreak of the mumps at Queen’s. In a purely selfish move, I am encouraging everyone to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. I have been vaccinated, but you never know :)

This notice is from

Get a catch-up vaccination for Mumps Feb 5 & Mar 4
Posted: January 27th, 2009

As per a message from Queen’s University Environment Health & Safety:

Mumps is back!

Four out of five people are not fully protected against mumps. Make sure you are. Queen’s University is working with the KFL&A Health Unit to provide a couple of catch-up vaccination clinics.

Mumps is a very contagious disease that can cause serious complications in young adults. The age group at risk, are those born between 1970 through to 1991, or ages 18 to 39 years. Catch it and you’ll spend 9 days in isolation, among other very serious complications.

Get your mumps catch-up immunization on Queen’s Campus in the John Orr Rm on the 2 nd floor of the JDUC Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 11am to 2pm, or in Victoria Hall, Main Common Area from 4 – 8pm. There will also be a clinic on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 11am to 2 pm in the John Orr Rm on the 2nd floor in the JDUC.
Please bring your Health Card to the clinic with you.

For more information on the Mumps Catch-up Campaign call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 ext. 1119, or visit

For more information on the clinics at Queen’s University please refer to our posters:

Feb 5 or
Mar 4

Schedule Changes

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

The schedule has changed for next week: please check the Schedule/Readings page to see the topic and download the reading, and please visit the Screenings page for details on the film.

Please note that next week’s film, Prospero’s Books, is very difficult to find. If you can’t make the screening, please borrown one of the two copies we’ve made available at the Drama department.

Tutorial Groups

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Now that the class enrolment has stabilized, we’ve updated the tutorial groups, which you can find on the bottom on the Contact page. We will be using the groups more formally from now on, so please make sure you know which group you are in!

Outlines, Handouts, and Quizzes

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | lecture material, ProfNotes | No Comments

If you’re looking for lecture outlines, quiz questions (after the fact!) and handouts (e.g. The Tempest Plot Outline distributed one-per-group in class), you can find them on the Schedule/Readings page just below the title of the relevant lecture.

Submitting Assignments

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

If you have not submitted your assignment, please submit it to the Drama department’s main office, where Carol Anne will date them and make sure they get to us safely. The office is open from 9am to 3:45pm. DO NOT try to slip assignments under office doors, as they may get trampled on or lost.

Office Hours on Monday

Sunday, January 25th, 2009 | First Essay, ProfNotes | No Comments

I will be holding open office hours between 11am and 4pm tomorrow in case anyone has last minute questions about the essay. I know one student is coming by at 2:30, so everyone else is welcome to stop in at other times. I’ll also be around to take phone calls if you’d rather do it that way: 613-533-6000 x 79396. My office is Carruthers 307.

Assignment 1 Now Posted

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 | First Essay, ProfNotes | No Comments

The detailed assignment sheet for the first essay is now available to download from the Assignments page. The DVDs will be available by Noon on Monday at the Drama department. We will discuss the assignment in class, and as usual I am available for individual consultation via email or in person.

Course Package now at Stauffer

Friday, January 16th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

The Course Readings (Part I) are now on 3-hr reserve at Stauffer library.

Story and Plot

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 | lecture material | No Comments

Here are the definitions I provided in class. They come from Bordwell & Thompson, Film Art, 7th ed., pp. 70-71:

Story: “The set of all the events in a narrative, both the ones explicityly presented and those the viewer infers”

Plot: “everything visbily and audibly present in the film before us. The plot includes, first, all the story events that are directly depicted…Second, the film’s plot may contain material that is extraneous to the story world” [eg. credits and the musical score are extraneous to the story world, which is another way of saying that they are non-diegetic]

“The story goes beyone the plot in suggesting some diegetic events which we never witness. The plot goes beyond the story world by presenting nondiegetic images and sounds that may affect our understanding of the story.”

The filmmaker makes a story into a plot; the viewer reconstructs the story through viewing the plot.

Website Updates

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Hi all — I have posted the outline for today’s lecture on the schedule/readings page — the title of today’s lecture, “Introduction to Film Form: Style and Narrative” is the link to the outline. Below this link, I have also posted today’s quiz. Because we take up the quiz in class, I will not post the answers, but will only post the original quiz that was projected in class.

In the following weeks we will follow this pattern; the schedule/readings page has therefore become one one-stop for topics, readings, outlines, and quizzes.

Reserve Videos

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

A number of films have been put on reserve at Stauffer. Check the link to Course Reserves under Queen’s Sites in the right hand column, or go to the library home page, choose the Course Reserves tab, and select STSC309.

Screening Copies

Friday, January 9th, 2009 | ProfNotes | No Comments

Copies of the films being screened between now and January 26 are now available for short term loan in the Drama department. You can sign them out for 3 hours from Carol Anne, who will also set you up with a tv/DVD player.

Linda Hutcheon – Brockington Visitorship Lectures

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Events | No Comments

The widely published and acclaimed Linda Hutcheon from the University of Toronto is delivering two lectures under the 2009 Brockington Visitorship. Both are relevant to film and drama courses, and the second is particularly relevant to our pursuits this semester:

1. Thursday, 15 January 2009, 5:00 pm
Dunning Auditorium
“The Ethics and Politics of Reviewing in the Twenty-first Century”

2. Friday, 16 January 2009, 1:00 pm
Dunning Hall 14
“Adaptations Across the Media: Page to Stage to Screen(s)”