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- Literature and Film
Note: this class is UC/CSU
“Lights, camera, action!” Hundreds
of works of literature have been made into films, with varying degrees
of success. If you’ve ever been disappointed (or thrilled) by the film
version of a book you’ve read, you know that film adaptations range
from “two thumbs way up” to “had me gagging on my popcorn”. This course
will examine the relationship between literature and film, comparing
and contrasting the two media.
The student will:
Read and analyze works from four literary genres: short
story, novel, poetry and drama.
View and analyze film adaptations of literary works.
Write critical essays which demonstrate an understanding
of the relationship between literature and film adaptations.
Complete a creative class project.
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of
literature and film analysis through class discussion and participation.
- There is often one outing to the movie theater, to coincide with a novel that is coming out as a film during the semester.
Sample reading list:
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Breakfast at Tiffany's by
One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest by Keny Kesey
Rabbit Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington
Whale Rider by
(graphic novel) by Daniel Clowes
"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank
Redemption" by Stephen King
"Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx
"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker
Glengarry Glen Ross by
(building 2, 3rd
Can you guess which literary work these quotes come from?
"Life is like
a box of chocolates; you never know what
you're gonna get."
"You're gonna need a
"Then close your eyes and tap your heels together
three times. And think to yourself, 'There's no place like
is one nutty hospital."
"I do wish
we could chat
longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."
alive! It's alive!"
"I know it
was you, Fredo. You broke my
you are, I have always depended
on the kindness of strangers."
we've got here is a failure to
distilled everything to one single
principle: win or die."
of the films being shown in this class are rated