ENGL329B - Special Topics in Film Studies: 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, short lectures about the films posted to the virtual course space, and blog entries written by the instructor and posted on the class blog, according to their own schedules. Students will also be expected to do their own writing and commenting on the class blog on their own time. There will be a suggested schedule for watching the films, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Besides making contributions to the class blog, the students will use their own personal blog to record their critical 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 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. There will not be a class textbook for this course. There will however be both primary and secondary readings posted on the Blackboard class site for each film. All the films will be available for free via streaming at our Blackboard class site. Films on the syllabus: Alice in Wonderland (2010, dir. Tim Burton); Tristram Shandy (2006, dir. Michael Winterbottom); Sherlock Holmes (2009, dir. Guy Ritchie); Bride and Prejudice (2005, dir. Gurinder Chadha); The Hours (2002, dir. Stephen Daldry); Adaptation (2002, dir. Spike Jonze); ; American Splendor (2003, dirs. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini); 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); Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, dir. Wes Anderson); and Watchmen (2009, dir. Zack Snyder).

Also offered as CMLT498L.