Spring 2012
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English 107 - Literature and Film

Note: this class is UC/CSU transferable

“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:

  1. Read and analyze works from four literary genres: short story, novel, poetry and drama.

  2. View and analyze film adaptations of literary works.

  3. Write critical essays which demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between literature and film adaptations.

  4. Complete a creative class project.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of literature and film analysis through class discussion and participation.

  6. 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 Truman Capote
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Keny Kesey
Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington
Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Ghost World (graphic novel) by Daniel Clowes

Short Stories

"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King
"Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx
"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker


Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
Othello by William Shakespeare


For more information contact:
Mark Brosamer (Instructor)
Phone: (510) 659-6249
email: mbrosamer@ohlone.edu
Office: 2322 (building 2, 3rd floor)

Can you guess which literary work these quotes come from?

Forrest Gump "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get."

Forrest Gump "You're gonna need a bigger boat." 

Forrest Gump "Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, 'There's no place like home'." 

Forrest Gump "That is one nutty hospital." 

Forrest Gump"...Bond. James Bond." 

The Silence of the Lambs "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

The Shining"He-e-e-e-re's Johnnie!" 

Frankenstein "It's alive! It's alive!"

Apocalypse Now "The horror...the horror." 

The Godfather, Part II "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart."

The Godfather, Part II "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

The Godfather, Part II "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."

The Godfather, Part II "I've distilled everything to one single principle: win or die."

Warning: some of the films being shown in this class are rated

Please contact mbrosamer@ohlone.edu
with your questions, comments, and suggestions.
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