Nineteenth-Century Novels and Movies
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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, to see 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 popularity demand alteration of the original? Or does translating a novel into a movie in a different era give a new depth to its meaning? Through analysis of the choices made in creating adaptations, deeper levels of the novel and the film emerge, revealing the richness and depth in both art forms. We read three classic novels (Jane Austen’s Emma, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations) and consider how they have been changed, envisioned, and enlivened by filmmakers.
Course Open to: Majors Only