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Postgraduate Course: Film Adaptation (CLLC11144)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary"Film is a form of writing which draws on other forms of writing" writes Robert Stam. From the earliest years of cinema, film has drawn on literary and theatrical sources. The critical study of film adaptation has grown significantly in recent years, moving beyond a narrow focus on fidelity to open up productive questions of the complex relations between copy and original, and of the nature of intertextualities.

This course offers an introduction to these critical questions through a series of case studies: each of these will explore the relationship between a film screening and selected intertexts; each pairing will serve as a lens through which to examine a different approach to adaptation/ translation.

The course will take an expanded approach to the question of adaptation, seeing film as not simply based on literary antecedents but as an art form which draws on other forms of art. It will consider movements across genres ¿ from literary classics to comic books ¿ and across historical periods and geographical spaces.
Course description Week 1
Introduction: Theories of Film Adaptation
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Ronald Neame, 1969)

Week 2
Radical Changes: Altered Meanings
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

Week 3
History, Trauma and the Lure of the Star
In My Country (John Boorman, 2004)

Week 4
Beyond the Infinite: Kubrick, Clarke and 2001
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

Week 5
Painting on Screen: Adaptations of the Artist at Work
La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette, 1991)

Innovative Learning Week

Week 6
Aimée & Jaguar from page to screen
Aimée & Jaguar: A Love Larger than Death (Max Färberböck, 1999)

Week 7
The Brandon Teena Archive
The Brandon Teena Story (Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir, 1998)

Week 8
Adaptation, Authorship and Authorial voice
Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992)

Week 9
Adaptation as Palimpsest
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)

Week 10
Cartoon Classics
300 (Zack Snyder, 2006)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 Word Essay (100%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students will be introduced to the critical study of film adaptation.

Students will learn to think critically about the migration of stories and ideas across different historical, geographical and generic locations.

Students will gain experience of analysing a diverse selection of moving image texts.

Students will learn to assess and evaluate the uses of a range of critical tools in the study of adaptation.
Reading List
Key Texts:

Cartmell, Deborah, and Imelda Whelehan , eds (2010) Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Geraghty, Christine (2008). Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield.

Hutcheon, Linda (2006) A Theory of Adaptation. New York: Routledge.

Stam, Robert and Raengo, Alessandra, eds. (2005). Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation. Blackwell.

Indicative Bibliography:

Andrew, Dudley (1984) ¿Adaptation¿ In: Film Theory and Criticism, ed. by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen. Oxford et al.: Oxford University Press: 2004, 461-469.

Andrew, Dudley (2004 ) ¿Adapting Cinema to History: A Revolution in the Making.¿ A Companion to Literature and Film. Eds. Robert Stam and Alessandra Raengo. Oxford: Blackwell,. 189-204.

Aragay, Mireia, (ed.) (2005) Books in Motion: Adaptation, Intertextuality, Authorship. Amsterdam / New York : Rodopi,.

Barthes, R. (1988 (1968)) ¿The Death of the Author¿, in D. Lodge (ed.) Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. London and New York: Longman, 167-72.

Bassnett, S. (2002 (1980)) Translation Studies. London and New York: Routledge.

Boyum, J. G. (1985) Double Exposure: Fiction into Film. New York: Universe Books.

Boozer, Jack, ed. (2005) Authorship in Film Adaptation. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Buscombe, E. (1981 (1973)) ¿Ideas of Authorship¿, in J. Caughie (ed.)
Theories of Authorship. London and New York: Routledge, 22-34.

Cahir, Linda Constanzo. (2006) Literature into Film: Theory and Practical Approaches. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc..

Cardwell, S. (2002) Adaptation Revisited: Television and the Classic Novel. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Carroll, Rachel, ed. (2009) Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities. London: Continuum.

Cartmell, Deborah, and Imelda Whelehan, eds.(2007) The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Cartmell, Deborah, and Imelda Whelehan , eds. (1999) Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text. London and New York: Routledge
Caughie, J. (1981)(ed.) Theories of Authorship. London and New York: Routledge.

Constandinides, Costas (2010) From Film Adaptation to Post-Celluloid Adaptation: Rethinking the Transition of Popular Narratives. New York: Continuum.

Cohen, K. (1979) Film and Fiction: The Dynamics of Exchange. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Corrigan, T. (1999) Film and Literature: An Introduction and a Reader. Upper Saddle River, N. J.: Prentice-Hall

Elliott, K. (2003) Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ellis, J. (1982) ¿The Literary Adaptation: An Introduction¿, Screen 23 (1), 3-5.

Foucault, M. (1986 (1969)) ¿What is an Author¿, in P. Rabinow (ed.) The Foucault Reader. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 101-20.

Giddings, R. and Sheen, E. (eds.) (2002) The Classic Novel: From Page to Screen. Manchester: Man¬chester University Press.

Hopton, Tricia, et al., eds. (2011) Pockets of Change: Adaptation and Cultural Transition. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books.

Leitch, Thomas (2007) Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ. Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Leitch, Thomas (2008) "Adaptation Studies at a Crossroads." Adaptation 1.1 (2008): 63-77.

MacCabe, Colin, Kathleen Murray, and Rick Warner, eds. (2011) True to the Spirit: Film Adaptation and the Question of Fidelity. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

McFarlane, B. (1996) Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon.
Naremore, J. (1990) ¿Authorship and the Cultural Politics of Film Criticism¿, Film Quarterly 44 (1), 14-22.

Mera, Miguel. "Invention/Re-invention." MSMI 3:1 (Spring 2009): 1-20.

Murray, Simone (2012) The Adaptation Industry: The Cultural Economy of Contemporary Literary Adaptation. New York: Routledge.

Naremore, James, ed. Film Adaptation. London: The Athlone Press, 2000.

Palmer, R. Barton, and David Boyd, eds. (2011) Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adaptor. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Ray, R. B. (2000) ¿The Field of ¿Literature and Film¿¿, in J. Naremore (ed.) Film Adaptation. London: Athlone, 38-53.

Rothwell, K. S. (2004 (1999)) A History of Shakespeare on Screen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stam, R. (2000) ¿Beyond Fidelity: The Dialogics of Adaptation¿, in J. Naremore (ed.) Film Adaptation. London: Athlone, 54-76.

Stam, Robert (2005) Literature through Film: Realism, Magic, and the Art of Adaptation. Malden/Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Stam, Robert and Alessandra Raengo, eds. (2005a) A Companion to Literature and Film. Malden/Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Voigts-Virchow, Eckart (2009) ¿Metadaptation: Adaptation and Intermediality ¿ Cock and Bull.¿ Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance 2.2 (2009): 137-152.

Welsh, James M., and Peter Lev, eds (2007) The Literature/Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation. Lanham, Maryland : The Scarecrow Press.

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