• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Cinematic adaptations of 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  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 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 novels. We will ask: how do film adaptations generate new meanings from 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 texts? And can the relationship between 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  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 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. Understand influential theories of adaptation and be 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, Ian McEwan's Atonement and a number of film adaptations.

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Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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