Nineteenth-Century Monsters & the Movies: Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Dracula
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NLIT 3880
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Great novelists are able to see beyond the limitations of their own society, glimpse the realities beneath the surface, and draw out the psychological depths of their characters. Is this subtlety of penetration lost in the transition from the printed page to the screen? Does the quest for film popularity demand alteration of the original meaning? Or can translating a novel into a movie in a different era give new depth to its meaning? We read three classic novels and consider how they have been envisioned, altered, and enlivened by 20th-century filmmakers. As we analyze the choices made in creating the adaptations, deeper levels of each novel and film emerge, revealing the richness and range of both art forms. Works explored include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Films are not posted online; students must arrange to view the films on their own.
Course Open to: Majors Only