Adaptation: Cinema and Literature
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.
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