• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Monique Rooney
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Film is a modern invention that has arguably transformed the way stories are communicated as well as the way writers and everyday readers view the world around them. This course introduces students to a number of twentieth-century novels and films including, Henry James' Turn of the Screw (paired with The Innocents (1961)), Virginia Woolf's Orlando (paired with Sally Potter's film of the same name) and Elizabeth Jolley's The Well.  We will closely analyse and evaluate the similarities and differences between novel/film pairs.  In doing so, we will endeavour to understand two fundamentally different forms of storytelling: the one based on print and the other on audio-visual communication. By the end of the course, students will be better able to formulate a response to the following question: what is lost and what is gained in the process of adapting a print narrative to screen?

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, you should be able to

1.     identify key elements that distinguish the novel and the film so that you can evaluate the similarities and differences between these narrative forms

2.     think, write and argue about the importance of the novel and film as modern technologies that can transform everyday perception

3.     develop a critical stance on the role that narrative technologies (such as novel and film) play in shaping representations of the modern world

4.     apply theories about narrative and adaptation to specific novel and film texts

Indicative Assessment

Two essays of 2000 words (45%); tutorial attendance/participation (10%). Essays are focused on a novel/film pair. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with theories of adaptation to be convered in lectures and made available in secondary reading material.

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One 1.5 hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week. Some film screenings. Appoximately 4-6 hours reading/writing time per week.

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

Henry James, Turn of the Screw




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2478
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2009 $2286
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2004 $1926
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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
5023 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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