ENGL379J - Fiction and Film

This course will concern itself with the relationship between fiction and film, and feature discussions of situational ethics and the dramatization of the most iconic inspiration for literally thousands of stories, folktales and novels throughout history: the Ten Commandments. To this end, in our course we will be mainly watching the famous sequence of films by the wonderful and provocative Polish director Krzysztof Kielslowski, "The Decalogue," originally broadcast on Polish television and since broadcast in thirty languages throughout the world. Mike Nichols called it "the most profoundly influential and disturbing and elegant series of films ever made." Each film in "The Decalogue" is a dramatic provocation and narrative based on one of the Ten Commandments.  Students will be responsible for ten 3-5 page "response papers" (one for each film, of course) and a final 8-10 page critical response to the entire Decalogue.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.