Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Reynolds, Clay
Discipline and Number
LIT 4348 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Novels Into Films

Description of Course:

This course will develop an examination of the adaptation of published novels into feature-length motion pictures. Between eight and ten major works will be examined, first as printed literary works, then as developed major cinema. The course will proceed in a lecture/discussion format, with students being required to view the films together, as an audience, prior to discussion. This will be a writing intensive course with a heavy reading list of significant, usually canonical, literary works, some of considerable length.

Note added 7/26/11:

Students should have read or be well along in reading the text, Film Adaptation and Its Discontents, by Leitch, by the first class meeting. They are also advised that the first two works to be examined will be the Cooper and the Bronte, and as these are somewhat longer than average, an early reading start would be advisable.

Required Texts:

Author: Leitch
Title: Film Adaptation & Its Discontents
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Author: Cooper
Title: Last of the Mohicans
Publisher: Broadview Press

Author: Bronte
Title: Jane Eyre
Publisher: Broadview Press

Author: Doyle
Title: Hound of Baskervilles
Publisher: Broadview Press

Author: Fitzgerald
Title: Great Gatsby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Author: Berger
Title: Little Big Man (25th Anniv Ed)
Publisher: Dell Publishing

Author: Condon
Title: Manchurian Candidate
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Author: Heller
Title: Catch-22
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Author: MLA
Title: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Edition: 7th
ISBN: 9781603290241
Required : REQUIRED

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be assigned readings of entire novels on an established schedule. All readings should be completed on time. Students will be required to respond to readings, viewings, and class discussion in formal written assignments. Full attendance will be required.

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