Communication and Culture | Current Topics in Communication and Culture (Topic: Making the Literal Visual: Film Adaptations)
C334 | 11767 | Bowdre, K.

TuTh, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, WH 109
Required film screening: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, C2 100

Carries College Intensive Writing Credit
A portion of this class reserved for majors

Instructor: Karen Bowdre
Office: C2 235
Phone: 855-0530

From its inception, films have used literary source material to
capture audience imagination.  While there have been changes to the
medium of film over the years, many films still rely on literature
as their source.  In spite of this “borrowing,” when adapted films
are analyzed, discussed, and critiqued, tension remains between the
original text and the “new” visual form.   This course examines the
process of adaptation of literary texts into feature films such as
Persuasion or The Lord of the Rings.  While the focus of the class
is more about looking critically at the two mediums, it will also
consider the challenges involved in taking written material to the
screen.  The class will also consider adaptations from comic books
(Batman) and television series (Mission Impossible).  Some of the
questions engaged in this class include what makes an adaptation
successful from a theoretical point of view?  Since film and novels
are different mediums, how can we discuss a film’s fidelity to its
source?  And can critical theories assist in making better
adaptations?  By the end of the course, students should have an
understanding of the theoretical and broader cultural debates
regarding adaptation.

The required screenings and readings for this course will include
but are not limited to films, television series, and scholarly
essays. Students will be expected to write and present response
papers throughout the semester, attend regular screenings,
participate in classroom discussions and group presentations, and
write a final semester essay.

This course will be a mixture of lecture, small group discussion,
and required weekly film screenings.  Your full participation
involves listening to lectures and fellow students’ arguments in
small or large groups and giving feedback.  Your attendance and
participation is mandatory.