234 Literature & Motion Picture

1 semester, 1/2 credit

Open to juniors and seniors

This semester-long elective course is a comparative study of fiction and drama and the feature motion pictures inspired by them. Through screenings, readings, class discussions, research, and writing, students will examine the range of literary adaptation practices filmmakers employ. Students will analyze a variety of literary forms (short stories, non-fiction, novels, plays) alongside related films.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Read and analyze a variety of literary forms.
  2. Compare and contrast the literary and film versions of the same work.
  3. Research, write, present, and discuss the similarities and contrasts among various written and cinematic versions.
  4. Create original adaptations based on text and films.
  5. Employ public speaking skills.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. the difference between film and literary texts
  2. the interaction of film and literary texts and the distinct qualities of each
  3. methods of "reading" films
  4. techniques to discuss and evaluate movie and literary texts
  5. how to examine film as a reflection of cultures and periods of history
  6. the significant elements involved in adapting texts to film
  7. the extent to which the motion picture industry relies upon literature for source material


This curriculum was updated on August 26, 2019, by the English Department.