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Postgraduate Course: Film Adaptation (CLLC11144)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFrom 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 intertextuality. Film Adaptation offers an introduction to these critical questions through a series of case studies: each of these will explore the relationship between a film and other art forms, texts or contexts.

Course description The course takes 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students on LLC MSc programmes get first priority to this course. If you are not on an LLC programme, please let your administrator or the course administrator know you are interested in the course. Unauthorised enrolments will be removed. No auditors are permitted.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV2) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 1000 word short essay (30% of final mark)
1 x 3000 word final essay (70% of final mark)
Feedback Students will discuss their essay topics with the relevant lecturer and will receive written feedback on their final essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically engage with the study of film adaptation.
  2. think critically about the migration of stories and ideas across different historical, geographical and generic areas.
  3. analyse a diverse selection of moving image texts.
  4. 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.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Aesthetic sensibility
Independent research and thought
Critical awareness
Time organisation
KeywordsFA,Film,Adaptation,Cinema,Theatre,Painting,Novels,Graphic Novels
Course organiserDr Pasquale Iannone
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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