COAS | Literary Classics in Popular Culture: Beauty and the Beast
E103 | 0044 | Zarifopol-Johnston


Lecture 0044 11:15a-12:05p TR

Corequisite discussions (Choose one):
0045 10:10-11:00a F 0046 11:15-12:05p F 0047 1:25-2:15p F 0048 1:25-2:15p T (Honors section) 0049 2:30-3:20p F

NOTE: SOME EVENING FILM SHOWINGS REQUIRED.

This course examines twentieth-century popular culture (movie, TV adaptations, musicals, plays and even comic strip) versions of literary classics. We will explore these remakes in terms of the socio-historical context in which the adaptations are made. We will address the fact that most remakes are movies—ours is a visual culture and cinema was the invention of our century—and we will ask ourselves the question "What aesthetic or thematic changes does the alteration in the medium of expression trigger?" Moreover, many of the literary "classics" were popular in their time. So we will ask ourselves "what constitutes a classic?" and "what is popular culture?" and we will define the relationship between the two. We will be reading 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.

Requirements: students are required to keep a journal; three four- page papers and a final essay exam. Participation in class discussion is also a must.