Dr. William A. Nericcio • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS FROM 9:30 TO 10:45 • MEMO@SDSU.EDU • 594.1524 • CSQ 201

There will be something to arouse, delight, and offend all the brave souls who sign up for this outrageous tour of quirky, asylum inmates in literature and cinema--have no fear of the big class size with our of brilliant, first-rate TA, Ms. Christy Brown, this promises to be one hell of a class. The particular emphasis of this general education class will be something called the "Sinematic Psyche"--more or less, our course focuses on a collection of books and films where damaged individuals find solace or further madness in Hollywood and/or motion pictures. Think of movies as an influenza, cinema as a seductive plague and you get an idea of the kinds of works and ideas we will collectively pursue.


Nathanael West   Miss Lonelyhearts and Day of the Locust,
Dan Clowes   Ghost World.
Maria Amparo Escandon    Esperanza's Box of Saints: A Novel
Various Writers and Artists   Pacific Review 2002
Aldous Huxley   Brave New World 
Walker Percy   The Moviegoer
Tino Villanueva   Scene from the Movie GIANT

by Oliver Mayer


Michael Powell   Peeping Tom

Federico Fellini   8 1/2

Sam Mendes   American Beauty

Michael Haneke   The Piano Teacher

  • 33% of your grade will be based on one 5 to 8 page essay
  • 33% of your grade will be based on your final exam score 
  •  1% of your grade will be based on your drive, ganas, chutzpah etc.
  • 33% of your grade will be based on quizzes, in-class writing, attendance, and class discussion/participation

Reading, discussion and class interaction make up a significant portion of the class; attendance helps--you won't pass without it. Get this: I do not just expect attendance, I expect prepared attendance--even, brace yourself, participation. And please do think twice about setting foot in our classroom if you have not completed your assigned reading for the day. Also to be expected? ONE 5 to 8 page short essays, various quizzes and in-class writing challenges and a final exam.
Attendance and participation do form part of your graded work for this class, so if you plan to miss more than 4 classes, do please consider dropping the course from your fall 2002 agenda; miss MORE than 4 classes and your final grade will drop one whole letter grade; for example a hard-earned "B" becomes a "C" for a less-than-dedicated undergraduate. Alternatively, students with a B+ have been known to garner an A- for a seminar where they had perfect attendance.

1:30 to 4, Tuesdays 4117 ADAMS HUMANITIES, 
7:30 to 9, Tuesdays & Thursdays, TENNIS OFFICE HOURS, MAIN COURTS, SDSU

Please do drop by during the semester, as I hate working with a room full of strangers!  Only if the idea of meeting a professor has you breaking out in hives, then email me at memo@sdsu.edu with your questions or comments. Call me at 594.1524 if you want to schedule a special appointment or just want to chat. Note: I do keep my office hours--if I am not there, send flowers, because I am either dead or have been abducted by space aliens.

This GENERAL EDUCATION class will deal with ADULT issues and activities. If you are squeamish about insanity, human sexuality, erotic taboos or if graphic art, literature and film leave you weak, angry, disgusted etc., PLEASE drop this class BEFORE you get the urge to call on your parents and clergy to remove me from my job! This is a university-level course exploring usually hidden elements of the human psyche: you should EXPECT to be disturbed and moved.

Pla gia rize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plagiarized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Plagiarizing.] To steal or purloin from the writings of another; to appropriate without due acknowledgment (the ideas or expressions of another). You steal someone else's ideas or pay for them at some creepy internet site, you will fail this class and be reported to the University.

Last time I checked: universitybed. Rest before you come to class. Shut off all telecommunication devices BEFORE entering CSQ 201.

   movie central?  click the eye in the lens above.
Sin n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS. sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s\'81nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L. sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is. Cf. Authentic, Sooth.] 1. Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine command; any violation of God's will, either in purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character; iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission. Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John viii. 34. Sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John iii. 4. I think 't no sin. To cozen him that would unjustly win. Shak. Enthralled By sin to foul, exorbitant desires. Milton.2. An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners. I grant that poetry's a crying sin. Pope. 3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.  He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2 Cor. v. 21.4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. [R.]  Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land Of noble Buckingham. Shakespeare

Cinema n. 1a. A film or movie. b. A movie theater. 2a. Films or movies considered as a group. b. The film or movie industry. 3. The art or technique of making films or movies; filmmaking. ETYMOLOGY: French cinéma, short for cinématograph. See cinematograph.