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August 1995, Week 3


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Elliott Butler-Evans <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 13 Aug 1995 11:20:15 -0700
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I would appreciate the advice of anyone on this list on the following
matter.  At the upcoming American Studies Association in Pittsburg, I
will present a paper on a panel in which I will show an eight minutes
Marlon Riggs film. I am showing the film as an example of postmodern
narration in African American cultural texts. My paper is to be completed
in twenty minutes, and in all likelihood, very few people will have seen
the film previously. Which of the following approaches are likely to be
more successful: (1) a showing of the film, followed by twelve minutes of
commentary, (2) a five minute introduction, followed by showing of the
film, then seven minutes of commentary, (3) a formal presentation,
including introduction to the issue, as well as commentary, concluding
with the showing of the film? I have only recently incorporated video in
my teaching and research and would be appreciative of suggestions from
those of you who have more experience with this than I.
Elliott Butler-Evans
English Department, University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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