• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English, Literature, Film

Cinematic adaptations of nineteenth century novels have dominated the box office and film industry awards for some decades, often provoking fierce debate about their fidelity, or otherwise, to the original; discussions about how the classic text has been transformed, cut and downright ruined, or, conversely, how the film has ‘rescued’ the novel, making it seem interesting and worth reading in a new context.

This course examines a series of nineteenth-century novels together with their film adaptations, in order to understand the differences between films and novels as modes of storytelling; examine the way the novel and its adaptation participate in debates unique to their own historical contexts; and analyse the anxieties about literary and cultural value exposed by adaptations of classic novels. We will ask: how do film adaptations generate new meanings from classic novels today? Should a film seek only to imitate the novel or can it also transform, reconceptualise and critique it? What role do the market and the audience play in generating new meanings from classic texts? And can the relationship between classic novel and film adaptation be understood as mutually dependent?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse, discuss and write critically about a range of classic novels and the key cultural debates in which they participate.
  2. Analyse, discuss and write critically about a range of film and/or television adaptations of classic novels and the key cultural debates in which they participate.
  3. Recognise, interpret and evaluate the ways in which literary texts and their visual adaptations both emerge from and contribute to their literary, historical and cultural contexts.
  4. Familiarise with influential theories of adaptation and able to utilise these in analyses of adaptations.

Indicative Assessment

Essay One, 2000 words (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Essay Two, 2500 words (55%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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Workload

One lecture (1.5 hours), one tutorial (1 hour) and 7.5 hours of associated reading/study time per week, including fortnightly film viewing sessions of up to 2 1/2 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed EITHER FILM1002 and FILM1003 OR 12 Units of English (ENGL) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Texts may include: Jane Austen, Persuasion; Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady; Bram Stoker, Dracula; Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlett Letter, E.M Forster, A Room With A View, and a number of film adaptations.

Assumed Knowledge

Those relevant to the courses indicated under 'eligibility' above.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3194 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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