Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592:Cinematic Adaptations of Literature: Artistic and Cultural Transformations

Instructor: Raymond Burt

How does a creative work transform into other genre forms and into other cultures? In this course we will look at works of foreign literature which make their way into American culture through film. This occurs either directly from the text to an American film adaptation, such as Walt Disney's Snow White as an interpretation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, or when a foreign film based on a book is remade into an American film. We will examine the various aspects of this transformation: literary and cinematic techniques, artistic reshaping, and cultural interpretations. The course will involve discussion, film screenings, presentations, and two papers.

Materials may include the following:

Thomas Mann's Death in Venice
Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice
Franz Kafka's The Trial
Orson Welle's The Trial
Jurik Becker's Jacob the Liar
Frank Beyer's Jacob the Liar
Peter Kassowitz' Jacob the Liar
Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story
Stanley Kubrik's Eyes Wide Shut
Choderlos de Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons
Roger Vadim, Stephen Frears Dangerous Liaisons
Roger Kumble's Evil Intentions

Method of evaluation and schedule will be provided in the course syllabus.

Last Update: February 6, 2017