Choose one of the following topics. Write your opening forum post on a single, specific detail with a clear, well supported thesis, in 150 words or fewer. Part of this new post is to encourage concision and specificity in your writing, so please do not go over the word limit. The word count includes any quotations you might draw from the text(s). Read all responses prior to yours; make sure that your response adds to the discussion that is already underway.
Identify which topic you answered at the beginning of your response; e.g., (Topic 1). Please have your posts up by Saturday, 22 September.
TOPIC 1: In no more than 150 words, and with reference to the readings for this week, write a response in which you explain why this week you were asked to read an article on early cinema spectacle (Gunning), to read a short story about a depressive observer (Poe), and to view a film about an obsessive amateur sleuth (or sleuths!) (Hitchcock).
TOPIC 2: In no more than 150 words, discuss the significance of Emily Dickinson’s “‘Tis so appalling—it exhilarates,” and use it as a way of understanding the events, themes, or conflicts of Rear Window.
Do not use outside sources (including internet material) for this assignment. Use only the texts required for the course. Remember to indicate italics in your response using all caps, as follows: REAR WINDOW.
IMAGE CREDIT: The image above is a composite of multiple shots from Rear Window by artist Boris Rautenberg. The idea was to give a full sense of the panoramic view of L.B. Jeffries' apartment in the film. You can find this image and one other detail on his website, here.
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