Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Literature into Film

Instructor: Lavonne Adams

This course will analyze literary texts, and how those texts are translated (either successfully or unsuccessfully) into film. Given the time constraints of feature films, as compared to the breadth of most memorable literary works, something has to be sacrificed. How can one aspect of film (careful editing or cinematic technique, for example), make up for the loss of internal dialogue? How does character development shift? Students will read literary selections that will include the plays Proof and Doubt, the short story Brokeback Mountain, and the novels Atonement, No Country for Old Men, Water for Elephants, Kite Runner, and The Hunger Games.. Student will also be responsible for responding to articles (20%), for oral presentation (10%), for lively classroom participation (10%), and for two critical/analytical essays (each 30%).

Last Update: October 17, 2012