ENG 255, 256 - Literature & Film

Course unit(s): 1
Meets GAR: Meets general academic requirement HU (and IL when offered as 256).
This course considers how stories are told differently through different media and to different audiences, and how such differences inform the many decisions involved in the translation of works across media and across time. To do so, we will consider key literary works (novels, stories, plays) as well as their (multiple) re-workings for film and television. Possible groupings may include Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and its 1940, 1995 and 2005 films and mini-series, as well as Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist along with David Lean's 1948 film, the 1968 film of the Broadway musical Oliver!, and the 2005 South African representative to the Cannes Film Festival, Boy Called Twist.  Other works whose life in literature and film we may explore include: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Lost World, Howard's End, Witness for the Prosecution, Murder on the Orient Express, and Lolita.


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