Mr. Robinson's Reading, Film List Sept 2009
Last Update Sept 8 2009

4U1—Independent Study:  A Culminating Thematic Comparison 

Topics & Related Reading/Viewing--Mr. Robinson (Semester 1/09)

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TOPICS AND RELATED READINGS/VIEWINGS FOR THE ISU

 

NOVELS                                                                                 FILMS

1. STRESS AND THE MODERN WOMAN                                                                                          

Margaret Laurence, The Diviners*                           K Peirce, Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Wally Lamb, She’s Come Undone                                     S Mendes, Revolutionary Road (2008, USA/UK)

Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman

Kate Chopin, The Awakening

 

2. GENERATIONS OF FAMILIAL DYSFUNCTION

Wally Lamb, I Know This Much is True                           J Dayton & V Faris, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Annie Proulx, The Shipping News*                                   P Schrader,  Affliction (1997)

Douglas Coupland, All Families are Psychotic

John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

 

 

3. OLD AGE AND THE ELDERLY

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea*             B Beresford, Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants                                     A Payne, About Schmidt (2002)

Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries

J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man

 

4. POVERTY AND OPPRESSION

Charles Dickens, Hard Times                                            D Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes*                                      Susanne Bier, After the Wedding (2006)

Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath*

 

5. INDISCRETIONS

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary                                 A Payne, Sideways (2004)

Tom Perrota, Little Children                                              Robert Benton, The Human Stain (2003)

Margaret Laurence, The Fire-Dwellers

Richard B. Wright, Adultery

 

6. FUTILITY OF WAR

Joseph Heller, Catch-22*                                                   T Malick, Thin Red Line (1998)

Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road                                       S Mendes, Jarhead (2005)

Erich Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front*

Timothy Findley, The Wars *

 

7. THE ARTIST’S TEMPERAMENT

John Irving, The World According to Garp*                   P Webber, Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003, UK/Luxembourg)

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist…                             E Harris, Pollock (2000)

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

 

8. INTERSECTING TRAGIC TALES

Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus                            A G Inarritu, Babel (2006)

Dennis Bock, The Ash Garden                                           A G Inarritu, 21 Grams (2003)

Carol Shields, Swann

Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter*

 

9. THE ABUSIVE PARTNER

Alice Walker, The Color Purple*                                      J Ruben, Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Russell Banks, Affliction*                                                  BB Thornton, Sling Blade (1996)     

Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

Pete Dexter, Paris Trout*

 

 

 

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4U1—Independent Study:  A Culminating Thematic Comparison

Topics & Related Reading/Viewing--Mr. Robinson (Semester 1/09)

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10. ‘FUTURE’ DYSTOPIAN SOCIETIES

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World*                                  R Scott, Blade Runner (1982)

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale*                      T Gilliam, Brazil (1985)

George Orwell, 1984*

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451*

 

11. COMING OF AGE–MALE

Nick Hornby, High Fidelity*                                               P Weir, Dead Poets Society (1989)

David Gilmour, Lost Between Houses                              S Lee, Clockers (1995)

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Russell Banks, Rule of the Bone

 

12. COMING OF AGE-FEMALE

Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women                         N Caro, Whale Rider (2002, New Zealand)

Carol Shields, The Box Garden                                         G  Chadha, Bend It Like Beckham (2002, UK/Germany/USA)

Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees*

Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge Of Time

 

13. RACIAL CONFLICT

Nella Larsen, Passing                                                         T Kaye, American History X (1998)

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man                                            A Parker, Mississippi Burning (1988)

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars*

 

14. THE ‘GOTHIC ELEMENTS’ NOVEL

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey*                                      K Russell, Gothic (1986, UK)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein*                                             I Softley, The Skeleton Key (2005)

Anne Rice, Interview with a Vampire*

Bram Stoker, Dracula*

 

15. NARRATIVE AS POLITICAL ALLEGORY

Voltaire, Candide                                                                                A Payne, Election (1999)

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels*                                 J Demme, The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

George Orwell, Animal Farm*

Franz Kafka, The Trial*

 

16. IMPERIALISM

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness*                                 FF Coppola, Apocalypse Now (1979)

Jamaica Kincaid, My Brother                                            R Attenborough, Gandhi (1982, UK/India)

Rohinton Mistry, Such a Long Journey*

V.S. Naipaul, "The Mimic Men"

 

17. YOUTH, ANGST AND THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE

Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief                                   S Kalvert, The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Rick Moody, The Ice Storm*                                              N Ray, Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

18. MATERIALISM EXPOSED

Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt                                                       T Gilroy, Michael Clayton (2007)    

Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities*                                S Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich (2000)

George Eliot, Silas Marner*

Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4U1—Independent Study:  A Culminating Thematic Comparison 

Topics & Related Reading/Viewing--Mr. Robinson (Semester 1/09)

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19. FATE/DESTINY

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations*                            Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie, (2001, France)

John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany                     film version: MS Johnson, Simon Birch (1998)

Carol Shields, The Republic of Love                                 R Zemeckis, Forrest Gump (1994)

Margaret Laurence, A Jest of God                                     film:  P Newman, Rachel, Rachel (1968)

 

20. THE UNDERCLASS HERO

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row*                                          Norman Jewison, The Hurricane (2000)

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield*                              Irwin Winkler, Life as a House (2002)

John Irving, The Cider House Rules*

Henry Fielding, Tom Jones*

 

21. ATTEMPTING TO SURVIVE THE ONSLAUGHT

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance                                      D Cronenberg, A History of Violence (2005)                 

Anne Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees                 PT Anderson, Magnolia (1999)

Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

Andrew Pyper, The Lost Girls

 

22. LOVE IN ALL OF ITS COMPLEXITIES

Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms*                         C Eastwood, The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native*                      T Field, In the Bedroom (2001)        

Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns*

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park*

 

23. THE JOURNEY MOTIF

John Irving, Until I Find You                                              N Berger, The Illusionist (2006)

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn*      P Haggis, In the Valley of Elah (2008)

Herman Melville, Moby Dick*

Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo*

 

24. THE PSYCHO

Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho*                               A Hitchcock, Psycho (1960)

Patrick Suskind, Perfume*                                                 D Fincher, Se7en (1995)

William Faulkner, Sanctuary

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club*

 

25. SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City*                                            M Figgis, Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas*                D Boyle, Trainspotting (1996, UK)

Andre Dubus, House of Sand and Fog*                          

James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

 

26. THE DISTURBING CRIME

Truman Capote, In Cold Blood*                                        C Eastwood, Mystic River (2003)

Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men*                S Lee, Summer of Sam (1999)

Caleb Carr, Angel of Darkness

Richard Price, Clockers*

 

27. SOUTH AFRICAN INTERRACIAL TENSION

J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace*                                                     R Attenborough, Cry Freedom (1987, UK)

Nadine Gordimer, Occasion for Loving                          J G Avildsen, The Power of One (1992)

Doris Lessing, The Grass is Singing

Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country*

 

 

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28. DARK FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Mary Lawson, Crow Lake                                                   Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko (2001)

Russell Banks, Affliction*                                                  C Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan

Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees*

 

29. THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE IS INEVITABLE

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory*                   Isabel Coixet, Secret Life of Words (2005)

Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones                                         Alan Parker, The Life of David Gale (2003)

Carol Shields, Unless

Alex Garland, The Beach

 

30. MAGIC REALISM

Gabriel Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude        L Hallstrom, Chocolat (2000, UK/USA)

Jose Saramago, Blindness                                                 Coen bros, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Isabel Allende, The House of Spirits

Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate*

 

31. THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion                         S Spielberg, The Terminal (2004)

Annie Proulx, Accordian Crimes                                      W Wang, The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Anita Rau Badami, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?

Jane Urquhart, Away

 

32. THE SLAVE EXPERIENCE

Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes                                 S Spielberg, Amistad (1997)

Toni Morrison, Beloved                                                     R Scott, Gladiator (2000)  

Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe*

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko

 

33. CONSCIENCE AND CRIMINALITY

Graham Greene, Brighton Rock*                                      F Miller, R Rodriguez & Others, Sin City (2005)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment*              C Eastwood, Unforgiven (1992)

David Benioff, City of Thieves

Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

 

34. BEAUTY AND BRUTALITY

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha*                            M McDonagh, In Bruges (2008, UK/USA)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter*                      B Affleck, Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles*

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

 

35. LONG-SUPPRESSED LOVE

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd*             M Curtiz, Casablanca (1942)

George Eliot, Middlemarch                                               R Reiner, When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility*

Gabriel Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera*

 

36. SECRETS

Anita Shreve, The Pilot’s Wife                                           C Nolan, Insomnia (2002)

Jodi Picoult, Plain Truth                                                    N Jordan, The Crying Game (1992, UK/Japan)

Nella Larsen, Passing

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

 

37. POST-CATASTROPHE

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake                                  A Cuaron, Children of Men (2006)

Kurt Vonnegut, Galapagos                                                 L Besson, The Fifth Element (1997)

Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

 

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4U1—Independent Study:  A Culminating Thematic Comparison 

Topics & Related Reading/Viewing--Mr. Robinson (Semester 1/09)

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38. A DOMINICAN & HAITIAN EXPLORATION

Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies*                  W Craven, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Madison Smart Bell, All Soul’s Rising                             M Barraso, In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

Loida Maritza Perez, Geographies of Home

Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents

 

39. RELATIONSHIPS UNDER THE GRIP OF SOCIAL FORCES

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice*                                   P Haggis, Crash (2004, USA/Germany)

George Eliot, Middlemarch                                               J Madden, Shakespeare in Love (1998)                          

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being*

Wally Lamb, The Hour I First Believed

 

40. CROSS-CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS

E.M Forster, A Passage to India *                                     R Joffe, City of Joy (1992, France/UK/USA)

Zadie Smith, White Teeth                                                   TB Nelson, “O” (2001)

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore

 

41. THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain*                                     E Zwick, Glory (1989)         

Howard Bahr, The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War

Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels                                   film version: RF Maxwell, Gettysburg (1993)

Wilma Dykeman, The Tall Woman                                  V Fleming, Gone with the Wind (1939)

 

42. THE SEARCH FOR MEANING BEYOND THE MATERIAL

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby*                             R Attenborough, Gandhi (1982, UK/India)

Jack Kerouac, On the Road                                                                S Spielberg, Schindler’s List (1993)

Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth*

Joseph Conrad, Nostromo*

 

43. COPING IN AN INDIFFERENT WORLD

Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter*                               P Haggis, In the Valley of Elah (2007)

Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge*                 O Stone, Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

John Irving, A Widow for One Year

Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus

 

44. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, LITERACY AND SOCIAL REFORM

Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran                              R Menendez, Stand and Deliver (1988)

J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians                       J Clavell, To Sir, with Love (1967)

Philip Roth, The Human Stain*

Richard Powers, Plowing the Dark

 

45. RELATIONSHIPS AND FUSED IDENTITIES

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights*                                   D Fincher, Fight Club (1999)

A.S. Byatt, Possession*                                                       C Nolan, The Dark Knight (2008)

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea*

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

 

46. EXPLORING LOSS AND DISORIENTATION

J.M Coetzee, The Master of Petersburg                            R Howard, A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Albert Camus, The Stranger                                               C Nolan, Memento (2000)

Graham Swift, Last Orders

Milan Kundera, Immortality

 

 

 

 

 

 

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47. THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF LOSS AND INJUSTICE

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury                    S Zaillian, A Civil Action (1998)

Toni Morrison, Beloved*                                                   W Allen, Match Point (2005, UK/USA)            

Nadine Gordimer, My Son’s Story

Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient*

 

48. THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF REDEMPTION AND HOPE

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible                  T George, Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ismail Kadare, Doruntine                                                  G Van Sant, Good Will Hunting (1997)

Andrew Miller, Oxygen

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row*

 

49. SHAME AND BETRAYALS

Anita Diamante, The Red Tent                                           M Scorsese, GoodFellas (1990)

Ian McEwen, Atonement*                                                   A Dominik, The Assassination of Jesse James

Anita Rau Badami, The Hero’s Walk                                                by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

 

50. OVERCOMING CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees                   A Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Canada)            

Keri Hulme, The Bone People                                            J-C Lauzon, Leolo (1992)

Andrew Pyper, Lost Girls

Janet Fitch, White Oleander

 

51. THE MISUSE OF POWER

Phillippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl*                     D Cronenberg, Videodrome (1983)

Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men*                      S Pollack, The Firm (1993)

Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

Vladimir Nabakov, Lolita*

 

52. THE QUINTESSENTIAL CANADIAN EXPERIENCE

Margaret Atwood, Surfacing*                                           M Moore, Canadian Bacon (1995)

Alistair Macleod, No Great Mischief                              S Wilson, My American Cousin (1985)

Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman’s Boy

Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute

 

53. MADNESS OR IN FACT SANITY?

Timothy Findley, The Last of the Crazy People               Coen Brothers, Barton Fink (1991)

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar*                                                  J Demme, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest*

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange*

 

54. FACT OR FICTION?

Yann Martel, Life of Pi                                                        S Kubrick, The Shining (1980)

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels*                                 B Miller, Capote, (2005)

James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

Caleb Carr, The Alienist

 

55. ALIENATION

Franz Kafka, America                                                          M Scorsese, Taxi Driver (1976)

Richard Wright, Native Son*                                             G Ross, Pleasantville (1998)

Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club*

 

56. THE SEARCH FOR TRANSCENDENCE AND FAMILIAL INFLUENCE

Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees                                                F Capra, It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

William Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge *         G Stevens, Shane (1953)

John Steinbeck, East of Eden*

Henry James, The Ambassadors

 

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Topics & Related Reading/Viewing--Mr. Robinson (Semester 1/09)

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57. BASEBALL AS A SOCIAL FORCE

W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe                        film version: PA Robinson, Field of Dreams (1989)

Bernard Malamud, The Natural*                     P Marshall, A League of Their Own (1992)

David Halberstram, Summer of ‘49                                 R Shelton, Bull Durham (1988)

David James Duncan, The Brothers K

 

58. ABORIGINAL VOICES

Thomas King, Truth & Bright Water                 B McDonald, Dance Me Outside (1994)

Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine                          K Costner, Dances With Wolves (1990)

Kevin Major, Blood Red Ochre

Tony Hillerman, Dance Hall of the Dead

 

59. MOCKING THE AMERICAN MID-WEST?

Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections                 S Mendes, American Beauty (1999)

Don DeLillo, White Noise                                   Coen Brothers, Fargo (1996)

Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

 

60. EXPERIMENTS IN THE POSTMODERN NOVEL

Yann Martel, Life of Pi                                        D Lynch, Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Douglas Coupland, J-Pod                                   D Cronenberg, Naked Lunch (1991)

Cory Doctorow, Eastern Standard Tribe

J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello