Summer 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6350 Section 59M
MW Time 5:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Victorian Literature

Description of Course:

The Victorian era has long been the most popular literary period for film and television adaptations. In this course, we'll attempt to understand why that is through an examination of several texts from the Victorian period and various adaptations of them. We will discuss theories of film adaptation (classic and more recent). In addition to theoretical, cultural, and economic approaches to adaptation, we will study the nature of adaptation "from the inside" by examining particular challenges that adaptations of literary texts face and the artistic choices by filmmakers to deal with these issues.

Required Texts:

Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"
Brontë, *Jane Eyre*
Gaskell, *Cranford*
Collins, *The Moonstone*
Stevenson, *Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Presentation, major paper; watching lots of films

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