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This subject explores the way stories are passed through time, genre, place, and media by focusing on the art of adaptation. The practice of adaptation raises basic questions: what is literature, what is an adaptation, what is a medium? We will pursue these questions by studying adaptations from theatre to screen, from novels to videogames. We will consider the function of the adaptation industry within a global media environment, and we will examine the way adaptations, both canonical and contemporary, generate new meanings, open up new audiences and pose new problems for literary and cultural criticism.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of adaptation studies;
- apply critical and analytical skills and methods to texts from a variety of different media;
- demonstrate a general understanding of the concepts and principles of literary and performance theory as well as those from the related fields of film and media studies;
- apply an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical and political values;
- communicate effectively in written and oral formats; and
- act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- acquired a transportable set of interpretative skills;
- developed their capacity for independent research;
- developed their capacity for critical thinking and analysis; and
- developed their ability to communicate in writing.
Last updated: 22 January 2021