ENGL348T - Literary Works by Women: Women's Novels at the Movies

In this course we will read seven novels by women that were made into movies: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, a Japanese manga (Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2, vol. 1), J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, and Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club. We will not, though, study the movies. Instead, we will consider whether or not these novels by women are part of a tradition of women's literature. What about their plot, setting, or writing style made them seem good material for the visual medium of cinema, and how do they reflect the history of the development of the novel and of women as a reading audience. Class will be mainly discussion, with students reporting on the biographies of authors or the movies and panel discussions. Requirements include class participation, two 4-5 page papers (with an optional revision of the first), a midterm and a final examination.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


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