- Class Number 7255
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kate Flaherty
- Dr Kate Flaherty
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
Cinematic adaptations of novels, short stories and plays 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. The proliferation of YouTube, Facebook and multimodal adaptations in recent years has only reignited and reformulated these discussions.
This course examines a series of texts together with their adaptations on to different kinds of screens, in order to understand the differences between novels, short stories, plays, film and other visual media as modes of storytelling; examine the way the written text and its adaptation participate in debates unique to their own historical contexts; and analyse the anxieties about literary and cultural value exposed by adaptations. We will ask: how do screen adaptations generate new meanings from literary texts today? Should an adaptation seek only to imitate the text 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 text and adaptation be understood as mutually dependent?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- analyse, discuss and write critically about a range of literary texts and the key cultural debates in which they participate;
- examine, discuss and write critically about a range of screen adaptations of novels and the key cultural debates in which they participate;
- 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; and
- understand influential theories of adaptation and be able to utilise these in analyses of adaptations.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture and Forum: Introduction: Adaptation and the 'Modern Love' Column|
|2||Seminar: 'Modern Love' on TV||Assessment 3: Forum leaders|
|3||Lecture and Forum: Shakespeare's 'Henry V': play and playhouse||Assessment 3: Forum leaders|
|4||Seminar: 'Henry V' on film: Olivier and Branagh||Assessment 1.1 in-class short essayAssessment 3: Forum leaders
|5||Lecture and Forum: Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'||Assessment 3: Forum leaders|
|6||Seminar: Jane Eyre on stage and screen||Assessment 1.2 in-class short essayAssessment 3: Forum leaders|
|7||Lecture and Forum: Shakespeare's 'Hamlet': play and playhouse||Assessment 3: Forum leaders|
|8||Seminar: Hamlet on Screen: 'Haidr' and 'Hamlet Monovlogues'||Assessment 1.3 in-class short essayAssessment 3: Forum leaders|
|9||Lecture and Forum: DYI adaptation (panel)||Assessment 3: Forum leaders|
|10||Seminar: Web series, fan fiction and other frontiers of adaptation||Assessment 3: Forum leaders|
|11||Lecture and Forum: Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth'||Assessment 3: Forum leadersAssessment 2: creative project with exegesis essay|
|12||Seminar: 'White Teeth' on TV||Assessment 1.4 in-class short essayAssessment 3: Forum leaders|
|13||Assessment 2 (alternative): 2 hr exam|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Assessment 1: In-class essay (1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4) (40% total)||40 %||1, 2|
|Assessment 2: creative project with exegesis essay (50% total)||50 %||3, 4|
|Assessment 3: Forum leadership (10%)||10 %||3|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Assessment 1: In-class essay (1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4) (40% total)
Comprises 4 x short scene/passage analysis tasks.
Completed within 1hr in seminars (Weeks 4, 6, 8, 12); approx 400 words each.
No late submissions permitted.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4
Assessment 2: creative project with exegesis essay (50% total)
Comprises creative submission, e.g. web-series pilot video/script or/ fan-fiction episode or podcast etc. (up to 3 minutes/1000 words) and critical exegesis (1000-1400 words).
No late submissions permitted.
Alternative: exam (2 hours) during examinations period.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3
Assessment 3: Forum leadership (10%)
In teams of 2-3, design and lead a 15-20 minute exercise to engage the class in discussion on a set topic.
Suggestions for exercises will be demonstrated in Weeks 1 and 2. See Wattle for schedule and more details.
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