English | Studies in British and American Authors
L369 | 2030 | Staff


5:45p-7:00p TR (70) 3 cr

TOPIC: DICKENS AND FILM

Why have more movies been made of more novels by Charles Dickens than
of
any other writer in history?  Why did the great Soviet director Sergei
Eisenstein
call Dickens the "father" of film?  This course investigates these
questions
through an in-depth study of four novels and their filmic
reincarnations: LITTLE DORRIT, OLIVER TWIST, GREAT EXPECTATIONS,
and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  Topics include: editing and narrative; film
design,
tourism, and virtual reality; sex and violence; the photographic
prehistory of film;
and the Victorian birth of cinema.