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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLSL 3159
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course considers film and media adaptations of modern Anglo-American literature. Does an adaptation have its own artistic merit distinguishable from the original text it cites, critiques, and represents? By what methods of interpretation can we analyze literary adaptations as they move away from the printed page to film and media, especially when contexts are updated or radically altered? This course will begin by considering adaptation through the lenses of authorship, influence, and interpretation, as well as theories of imagining and mimesis in literature. Through serious readings of literature, we will trace a series of canonical writers whose prose and poetry have been adapted to the screen, focusing our efforts on adaptations of works that do not immediately lend themselves to performance (as does drama). We will also focus on contributions that rival the originals in their experimentation, such as Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Kubrick’s Apocalypse Now, and Herzog's Fitzcarraldo; Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Cunnighman’s The Hours (both a novel and film); Hemingway and Siodmak’s The Killers; Carver and Wilder’s Double Indemnity; Faulkner’s Sanctuary and its reworkings in pulp film and contemporary fiction; we will also consider cases of multi and trans-media interpretation. This course satisfies either both Literary Studies and Culture and Media requirements.
Open to Undergraduate students.