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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

ProfPat's Main Page

ProfPat's Education Links



Department Information

Department of English

708 Sierra Tower
Phone: 818.677.3431

English Department Website


Liberal Studies Program

EA 100
Phone: 818.677.3300

Liberal Studies Website

Brokeback Mountain Major Paper Assignment

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When stories become screenplays, information (characters, scenes, setting, etc.) is added and deleted. For your major paper assignment, please read Brokeback Mountain; Story to Screenplay and view Ang Lee’s 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.

NOTE: Purchase the edition that contains the short story, the screenplay, and the three author essays! You will need to read the entire book AND view the film!

While reading and viewing, please take note of the differences in the literary mediums (changes and transformations from story to screenplay to film). Please point to specific passages and scenes, specific dialogue and relationships, and specific visual landscapes and scenery.

In your 1200 word response, you are required to analyze the following:

     1. What elements do the screenwriters add to the story to give it the additional emotional dimensions required for the transition from story to screenplay?

     2. How does director Ang Lee augment Proulx’s view on geographic determinism – the belief that regional landscapes, climate and topography dictate local cultural traditions and kinds of work?

     3. How does the cinematography of Brokeback Mountain and Wyoming (aka Alberta, Canada) add what Larry McMurtry calls lyrical pastoralism? In other words, how do the visual images of the landscape help shape the story and poeticize Ennis’ and Jack’s relationship and reunion?

Your papers needs to be posted via our Turnitin link on our Moodle page by midnight on the week it is due!!!

Remember that the Brokeback Mountain assignment constitutes 25% of your final grade! Good luck and enjoy the story to film experience!