After our meeting on the 10th March, some of us find it difficult to begin our research in relation to our specific areas of discussion. I’m sharing one method that can quickly help us to build up bibliography here – using JSTOR:
1. Go to www.jstor.org and type in your research keywords – Apocalypse Now.
2. In the subject area (the bottom circle in red), you can choose the disciplinaries / academic field you would like to focus on. For example, Li wants to bring in East Asian perspectives on the Vietnam War and the film, then she can choose to filter the results with ‘Asian Studies’; Gabi wants to discuss ‘female’ characters in the film so she can filter the result with ‘Feminist and Women’s studies’.
3. After ticking the relevant fields, you can click update result (the middle circle in red), then you can find academic discussions in relation to both the film and your specific topics.
Hope this helps! If I come across any particularly interesting viewpoints and relevant materials for you, I will also write them in replies to this blog post.
Because our main material is the film, perhaps we should incorporate more details/proofs from the film itself. When reading academic resources from disciplines other than Film Studies, I often find scholars tend to limit their discussion to the plot and characterisation. However, there is a lot more than just those two aspects in a film: the editing, colouring, details of performance, camerawork angle/movement, music, soundtrack… are all decisions made by the filmmakers, and these decisions shape our experience and understanding of the film. If wish to discuss your points with closer attention to the film, please let me know, I’m more than happy to chat about it.