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Undergraduate Course: Literature and Film: The Challenge of Adaptation (ELCF10064)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionSince the beginnings of modern cinema, literature and film have mutually inspired one another. From the Surrealists to the Nouvelle Vague, many directors have taken fiction as a starting point for their visual works. This option will provide an in-depth analysis of the interface between the two media. It will examine various types of literary adaptations and assess the strategies and negotiations involved in the move from text to film. Taking into account broader issues of adaptation theory, it will also consider the economics of adaptation, the ideology behind heritage film and the rediscovery of classic authors by the cinema. Seminars will be based on a selection of French adaptations ranging from the heritage genre to avant-garde forms. Topics for discussion will include the question of "faithfulness" to a source text; the translation of thought, subjective point of view and inner speech to the screen and the different "language" of text and film. No prior knowledge of film studies is needed to take this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in French
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Intended learning outcomes specific to this course are:

- A familiarity with a body of interdisciplinary theories as well as with major French films and fictions of the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries
- understanding of the interface between film and literature and of the various types of adaptation and their underlying strategies and ideologies
- an understanding of the different semiotic status of film and literature and how it is negotiated in adaptation
- an ability to conduct in depth critical analysis and multidisciplinary studies of a body of works across the two art forms
- an understanding of the economical issues behind adaptation practices

By the end of the course, students will be expected to show the ability:
- to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the subject;
- to recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject;
- to show a good understanding of, and apply competently, complex conceptual frameworks;
- to construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts and issues which they are studying;
- to demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations;
- to demonstrate the mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods;
- to offer alternative perspectives, identify and accommodate ambiguities and show an awareness of nuance;
- to demonstrate an awareness of the research agenda relating to the topic.

Assessment Information
One 2,000 word essay (40%) and one 90 minute exam (60%)
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Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsDELC Lit & Film
Course organiserProf Marion Schmid
Tel: (0131 6)50 8409
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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