Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture (EAF2510)

StaffProfessor Joe Kember - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • To engage students in the study of adaptations in diverse forms, genres and styles across stage, page, film, radio, television, graphic novels and new media. These adaptations are analysed in the light of theories of text, authorship, genre and cross-cultural exchange.
  • To give you an understanding of the creative processes and the workings of creative industries in shaping, visualising and circulating literary narratives and cultural forms.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the aesthetic, theoretical and cultural questions which arise from the transformation of literary texts onto film
  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the critical debates about adaptation, authorship, genre and cross-cultural translation in relation to adaptations
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural and/or industrial contexts of specific adaptations

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to analyse film of different periods and cultures and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical and cultural contexts
  • 5. Demonstrate their skills in close formal, thematic, generic and authorial analysis of different kinds of films
  • 6. Demonstrate skills in research and evaluation of relevant critical and historical materials for the study of film
  • 7. Demonstrate an ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to film

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Through seminar work and presentations, demonstrate advanced communication skills and an ability to work both individually and in groups
  • 9. Through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and a capacity to write clear and correct prose
  • 10. Through research, seminar discussion, and essay writing demonstrate a capacity to question assumptions, to distinguish between fact and opinion, and critically to reflect on their own learning process

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Theories of Adaptation
  • Adaptation and Authorship
  • The Practices of Adaptation
  • Adaptation and Intermediality
  • Genres in Adaptation
  • Adaptation and the creative industries
  • Adaptation as a trans-cultural process

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching11Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching5Workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching22Seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching33Film screenings
Guided independent study33Study group preparation and meetings
Guided independent study70Seminar preparation (individual)
Guided independent study126Reading, research and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Contribution to online writing tasksTotal: approx. 800-1200 words1-10Group feedback online

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Adaptation case study 45Portfolio to total of 2000 words 1-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow up
Essay452000 words1-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow up
Module participation10Continuous 10Oral feedback with opportunity for office hours follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Adaptation case study Adaptation case study 2000 words1-10Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay 2000 words1-10Referral/deferral period
Module participation1000 word response to posted online writing tasks.10Oral feedback with opportunity for office hours follow-up

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • James M Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934)
  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1860)
  • Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938)
  • Daphne du Maurier, ‘The Birds’ (1952) from The Birds and Other Stories (2004)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1606)
  • Linda Hutcheon A Theory of Adaptation: Second Edition,   New York and London: Routledge, 2012 (also available on Kindle)

 Secondary Reading:

  • Timothy Corrigan, Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader. New York and London: Routledge, 2012
  • Simone Murray, The Adaptation Industry: The Cultural Economy of Contemporary Literary Adaptation. New York and London: Routledge, 2011
  • Robert Stam and Alessandra Raengo, A Companion to Literature and Film. Oxford, Blackwell, 2007
  • Steven Price, The Screenplay: Authorship, Theory and Criticism. London: Palgrave, 2010
  • Cristina Della Colletta, When Stories Travel: Cross Cultural Encounters Between Fiction and Film. John Hopkins University Press, 2012
  • Mark Thornton Burnett, Shakespeare and World Cinema. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012 

Sample Films:

  • The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, 2013)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman, 1964)
  • The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)
  • Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946)
  • Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

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Adaptation, film, literature, graphic novel, visual culture, creative industries, multimedia, cross cultural, translation