Film, Media, Theater 330AD - Advanced Courses in History and Theory: 'Adaptation: A Study in Form'

Adaptation: A Study in Form

Amy Rodgers

W 01:30PM-04:20PM

Mount Holyoke College
The Oxford English Dictionary defines "adaptation" as "the bringing of two things together so as to effect a change in the nature of the objects." Rather than studying adaptation as a project that attempts to reproduce an original work in another medium, our course considers the complex relationship between narratives and their retellings and revisions. In particular, we will focus on how such retellings permanently alter their so-called "source" material and how each incarnation of a given narrative offers us insight into and commentary upon a particular historical moment and its unique political and ideological challenges. We will also consider the ways in which literary and visual representations differ in their communicative and affective mechanisms, and challenge where we draw the line between "art," "history," and "entertainment."

This course is open to juniors and seniors; Prereq: 8 credits in English or in Film, Media, Theater.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.