ENGL329B - English Literature on Film in the Twenty-First Century

This online course focuses on English-language literary works adapted to film and produced after 2001. Web 2.0 tools (social networking applications, blogs, YouTube) are central to both our study of film—in terms of new modes of reception—and our class discussion. In addition to watching films, we will read excerpts from the literary works that provide the basis for the films, along with assigned critical readings. Students will view the films, as well as videos and blog entries created by the instructor and posted on the class blog, according to their own schedules. Students will also be expected to do some of their own writing and commenting on the class blog. Besides making contributions to the class blog, the students will use their own personal blog to record their impressions of the class films and the literary works they are based on. There will also be two major written projects for the course. The first will be a proposed adaptation of a literary work of the student’s choosing, in the form of a film treatment. The second will be a presentation/paper in which the student reads one of the source texts for the course in its entirety, and reflects on the issues involved in film adaptation. Each student will have three text/audio/video conferences with the instructor during the course. There is no textbook that needs to be purchased for the course, but students will be required to sign up for a Netflix membership in order to rent and/or access the course films. Films on the syllabus: Alice in Wonderland (2010, dir. Tim Burton); Tristram Shandy (2006, dir. Michael Winterbottom); Bride and Prejudice (2005, dir. Gurinder Chadha); The Hours (2002, dir. Stephen Daldry); Adaptation (2002, dir. Spike Jonze); No Country for Old Men (2007, dirs. Joel and Ethan Coen); A Scanner Darkly (2006, dir. Richard Linklater); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, dir. Alfonso Cuaron); and Watchmen (2009, dir. Zack Snyder).

This is an online course.