Adaptation: Cinema and Literature

ROMST 89S

From Homer’s Odyssey to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” great literary works have influenced films in a variety of ways, providing plots, phrases, background, points of reference and challenges. This course explores texts and films that have fascinated readers and viewers, as well as changed ideas about the meaning of and connections between literature and cinema. Instead of focusing on faithfulness, we discuss the relationships between literature and cinematic adaptations, the competition between the arts, and the works on their own terms. Students watch Apocalypse Now, Throne of Blood, Contempt, and Blade Runner, read works by Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and Conrad, among other films and texts.

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Russian Federation
Faculty: 

Saskia Ziolkowski, saskia.ziolkowski@duke.edu

Crosslisting Numbers: 
ITALIAN 89S, LIT 89S, AMI 89S
Areas of Knowledge: 
ALP
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
Yes
Literature in Translation?
Yes