This workshop will explore the relationship between literature and film, particularly on how film can be used to illuminate poetic themes, and how poetic language can allow us to appreciate the power of film. Ian will first do a reading and a brief interpretation of John Donne's Holy Sonnet Death Be Not Proud, illustrating some of the poem's themes. He will next explore how the sonnet is used in the film Wit by playing selected scenes in the film and provide a brief commentary on them. Thereafter to illustrate how the poem and film interact, he will read selected sections of an essay he was written, which argues that literature and film mutually enrich the other, by presenting a view of literary language, which is grounded in life-affirming expression and intersubjectivity.
Ian will elicit opinions and ideas from participants throughout the session. Participants will take away with them a deeper understanding of how the medium of literature and film can interact and be complementary to our comprehension of deep human concerns.
- Event venue: Screening Room
- Event price: FREE
- Event start date: 2015-04-03 06:00
- Event end date: 2015-04-03 07:00
- Custom Event Date(s): 3 APR 2015, FRI
- Custom Event Time(s): 2PM - 3PM
- IAN TAN
- Presenter information:
About Ian Tan
Ian is an educator at Raffles Institution where he teaches Literature. He is interested in the relationship between literature, philosophy and film, and has written extensively on those topics. His essays on film and philosophy have been published inSenses of Cinema and Offscreen (forthcoming). He has published student guidebooks on The Chrysalids, a science-fiction novel by John Wyndham and Here and Beyond, a short story anthology.
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