Summer 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will examine several films that have been based on novels or short stories that have achieved the distinction of high literary reputation. The thrust of the examination will be to study the basic elements of fiction--character, plot, setting, dialogue, and them--as they are translated from the original prose work to exposure through the film and to determine what differences may be significant in terms of emphasis, audience/reader impact, and overall literary/artistic effect. The attempt will be made to determine if the adaptation of a literary work to another medium offers a more significant or more insightful interpretation of the literary artist's insight than might be achieved merely through critical reading and analysis. Format will be lecture/seminar/discussion; films will be viewed together and discussed as a group.
Specific texts will be determined in a few months at the latest. However, students would be well served to begin reading well in advance of the course on at least two of the novels, Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, and An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser. Both of these will be on the final reading list when it is assembled.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
This will be a reading and writing INTENSIVE course. Students are advised that the selected prose works will sometimes be long and somewhat challenging. Written assignments will be extensive and demanding. Time will be short supply.