College Of Arts And Sciences | Beauty and the Beast: Literary Classics in Popular Culture
E103 | 0061 | Zarifopol-Johnston, I


This course examines twentieth-century popular culture versions of
literary classics, including movies, TV adaptations, musicals, plays,
and comic strips. We will address the fact that most remakes are
movies and we will ask the question "What aesthetic or thematic
changes are triggered by the alteration in the medium of expression?"
Many of the literary "classics" were popular in their time. What
constitutes a classic and what is popular culture? We will define the
relationship between the two. We will read classics by Shakespeare,
Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Anton Chekhov, and we
will view famous remakes such as Disney's The Hunchback of Notre
Dame, Batman, Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein, Nikita Mihalkov's Dark
Eyes, and Clueless. Students will write three 4-page papers.