From its inception, cinema has relied upon literature for source material, but for most people, film adaptation of literature can be summed up in one sentence: “The movie wasn’t as good as the book.” Movies based on literary works are defined as adaptations but can also be seen as translations and/or remediations. A director and his/her cast translate the story from the written page into a visual presentation. This course (taught throughout the academic year) seeks to explore the established and continuing interaction of film and literary texts through screenings, readings, class discussions, and in-class work. During the year we will discuss about what happens when a variety of plays, novels, or short stories are translated into a movie and how we view and read these texts. No background in film studies is needed for this course; however, you will be asked to look at and think about films reflectively. Your responses to these texts and close viewing and reading of the texts will be important components of this class.

Attendance and participation are highly encouraged. The exam will be written (ids. and analysis of previously discussed excerpts and analysis of a previously unseen poem or excerpt). A short (1-2 page) response paper to be handed in by the end of the course (and/or before the exam) is also required.