Summer 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will examine films that have been based on literary works that have achieved the distinction of high artistic reputation, as well as films that may have achieved the critical reputation as literature in filmic form, although they are not based on any outside work. The thrust of the examination will be to study the basic elements of fiction—character, plot, setting, dialogue, and theme—either as they are translated from the original prose work to exposure through the film or as they evolve directly from the screenplays themselves. The goal will be to determine what differences may be significant in terms of emphasis, audience/reader impact, and overall literary/artistic effect between the cinematic and conventional literary genres. The attempt will be made to determine if the cinematic depiction of a literary work offers a more significant or more insightful interpretation of the literary artist’s insight than might be achieved merely through critical reading and analysis. The course will divide itself into two parts: viewing and discussing a number of films, then reading and discussing the novels on which they’re based. Format will be lecture/seminar/discussion; films will be viewed together and discussed as a group.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
This will be a reading and writing-intensive course, one that will require complete attendance. A series of short written assignments will be required, as well as one longer essay or paper.