Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study

ENGL6915 - Recovering Meaning: Novel into Film

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Mark Stephen Byron


This unit of study is designed to explore the issues surrounding the cinematic adaptation of major literary works. Is the adapted text merely secondary and derivative or does it have its own aesthetic authenticity? Should literary aesthetics supervise cinematic texts, or should the filmmaker's first priority be the quality and aesthetic integrity of the film itself? What is a "good" and a "bad" adaptation - or do these categories no longer matter?


1x4000wd essay (100%)


James Joyce, 'The Dead'; Jane Austen, 'Pride and Prejudice'; Edgar Allan Poe, 'The Fall of the House of Usher'; Henry James, 'Portrait of a Lady'; Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'; Cormac McCarthy, 'No Country for Old Men'. Film List: 'Adaptation'; 'The Dead'; 'Pride and Prejudice'; 'Fall of the House of Usher'; 'Portrait of a Lady'; 'To Kill a Mockingbird'; 'No Country for Old Men'


1x2-hr seminar/week


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