Schedule and Readings

8/30: Course Introduction

PART I: EARLY THEORIES OF FILM AND LITERATURE (1930s to 1950s)
9/6: What Can Images Mean?

  • Eisenstein, Sergei. “Dickens, Griffith, and the Film Today.” [1944]. Film Form: Essays in Film Theory. Ed. and trans. Jay Leyda. San Diego: Harcourt, 1949. 195-255.
  • Barthes, Roland. “The Third Meaning.” [1970]. Image, Music, Text. Trans. Stephen Heath. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977. 44-68.

9/13: Who is the Author?

  • Arnheim, Rudolf. “Who Is the Author of a Film?” [1934]. Film Essays and Criticism. Trans. Brenda Benthien. Madison, WI: The U of Wisconsin P, 1997. 62-69.
  • Balázs, Béla. “The Script.” [1945]. Film And/As Literature. Ed. John Harrington. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1977. 215-223.
  • Woolf, Virginia. “The Movies and Reality.” [1926]. Authors on Film. Ed. Harry M. Geduld. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1972. 86-91.

9/20: New Metaphors for Adaptation

9/27: Adaptation. Dir. Spike Jonze. Perf. Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep. Columbia, 2002. Film.


PART II: ADAPTATION STUDIES (1980s to 1990s)
10/4: Reconsidering Adaptation

10/11: Narrative

  • McFarlane, Brian. “Backgrounds, Issues, and a New Agenda.” [1994]. Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. 3-30.
  • Due: Proposal (email it to me)

10/18: Narration

  • Branigan, Edward. “Narration.” Narrative Comprehension and Film. London: Routledge, 1992. 63-85.
  • Due: Revised Proposal

10/25: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Perf. Steeve Coogan and Roby Brydon. BBC Films, 2005. Film.


PART III: CONTEMPORARY DEBATES (2000s to present)
11/1: Film Theory’s Two Traditions

  • Ray, Robert B. “How a Film Theory Got Lost.” How a Film Theory Got Lost and Other Mysteries in Cultural Studies. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2001. 1-14.
  • Ray, Robert B. “Film and Literature.” How a Film Theory Got Lost and Other Mysteries in Cultural Studies. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2001. 120-131.

11/8: Six Models of Adaptation

11/15: At a Crossroads

11/22: NO CLASS

11/29: Recent Work

12/6: Film To Be Determined

12/13: Due: Final Projects by noon

*** POST-SANDY REVISED SCHEDULE ***

11/8:

  • Robert Ray online assignment from 4:30 to 6:20.

11/15:

  • Elliott, Kamilla. “Literary Cinema and the Form/Content Debate.” Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003. 133-183.
  • NB: we’ll do presentations on both Robert Ray and Kamilla Elliott this day
  • Due: Final Investigative Proposal (via email)
  • Presentation: Dana C. and Raj D. and Tricia Z. and Jeff H. 

11/22: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

11/29:

12/6:

12/13:  Film To Be Determined 

  • Presentation: Sara T.

12/20: (No class meeting) Due: Final Projects by noon (via email)

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