Topics in Literature: Literature and Film

Course Number: ENGL 165LF
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Summer A 2011
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:05 AM
Location: GIRV 1112


Literature and Film: Translation, Adaptation, and the Global Media Assemblage
May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.
“Seeing literature as a system operating on the principles of movement and exchange means comparing and connecting one text, time and place, with another, and hearing the echoes of one or indeed many, in the voice of another.” – Vilashini Coopan

Literature travels. Nowhere is this more evident than through the production and consumption of cinematic adaptation of literature. This course will ask students to critically examine films often labeled as “world cinema” in relation to their source material (both Anglophone and in translation) and the social, historical, and cultural contexts of both. In reading original texts with their adaptations, we will attempt to answer several questions: How and why was this story adapted? What culturally, spatially, temporally specific changes were made in the translation? And what significance do the changes in media, space, and time do to the narrative? We will be reading widely in the fields of world and transnational literatures, translation theory, film, and media theory. Authors, artists and theorists for this course will include Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Naguib Mahfouz, Akira Kurosawa, Gurinder Chadha, Jorge Fons, Guillermo Del Toro, Vilishani Coopan, Rey Chow, Emily Apter, Katherine Hayles, Stuart Hall, and others.

This elective course counts towards the Literature and Culture of Information Specialization in the English major.