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ENGL 304. Literature and Film

Credits: 3
Department: English
Description: Study of literature and film made from that literature. Uses film to define and demonstrate literary techniques and how they are changed and adapted by film.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF
Additional Information: Course meets online.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Classify the genres of specific pieces of literature and their film adaptations and assess their effectiveness as instances of the literary and filmic genres.
2. Use literary terms appropriately when discussing and writing about literature and use film terms appropriately when discussing and writing about film adaptations of that literature.
3. Comprehend in general how cinematography and camera work enhance narrative and character development and how visual metaphors contribute to meaning in film adaptations of literary texts; examine the cinematography, camera work, and visual metaphors of specific film adaptations to evaluate their effectiveness.
4. Understand how narrative elements in literature are expanded, cut, condensed, rearranged, and cinematic equivalents found so that the narratives fit the running time of films and the artistic vision of the filmmakers; evaluate the effectiveness of specific films based upon the adaptation of narrative to the media and process of filmmaking rather than +faithfulness+ to original texts.
5. Identify and evaluate connections between film adaptations and the literary texts upon which they are based, taking into account the differences between the media of print and film as well as issues concerning adaptation (such as point of view, narrative voice, shifts in historical and cultural audiences, and differences between the single literary author vs. collaboratively produced films).
6. "Formulate arguments about literary adaptations (ranging from ""faithful"" adaptations to loose adaptations, as well as those that update the narratives to accommodate modern cultural expectations) using close reading and theoretical approaches concerning film adaptation."

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