Fall 2020 not offered
This course will explore the inevitable, often productive tension between films and their literary sources. "Faithful" adaptations tend to be those that fail. Using the methods of the new field of adaptation studies, the course will consider cinematic-literary doublings from the beginning of the silent era (Dracula and Nosferatu) to the present time (Stefan Zweig's fiction and The Grand Budapest Hotel). In select cases, the focus will be directed more sharply on social and political motivations for literary adaptations.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
Murnau, Herzog/Stoker--Nosferatu /Dracula
Fassbinder/Fontane--Fontane Effi Briest/Effi Briest;
Sirk/Fannie Hurst--Imitation of Life;
Kubrick / Schnitzler--Eyes Wide Shut / Dream Story
Wachowskis, Tykwer/David Mitchell--Cloud Atlas
Bettauer/Pabst--The Joyless Street
Wes Anderson/Stefan Zweig--The Grand Budapest Hotel/The Society of the Crossed Keys
Böll/Schlöndorff, von Trotta--The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Grass/Schlöndorff--The Tin Drum.
Secondary literature on the films and the novels and selected readings in the history and theory of adaptation.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One short essay (3 pp.); one mid-term examination; one research paper (10-12pp.)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis. Students will receive extensive comments on all written work, a part of the FYS program, and a final evaluation in lieu of a grade. This evaluation will be available also to the student's advisor.
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