Adaptations



Course information

Title

Adaptations

Lecturer

Zoltán Dragon

Course code

AM-MA-B1

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Course description

Short description

What happens to texts – films and novels alike – when they are transformed into an entirely different medium? The course will consider the theoretical and, to some extent, practical issues surrounding the adaptation of a text into a film, or a film into video games, and will also look at the reverse process: the novelization of films, and the film adaptation of computer games. We will investigate key approaches and debates surrounding adaptation and explore why and how adaptations of literary texts (high and low) have become increasingly popular. Texts from Shakespeare and Hawthorne to Keneally and Welsh and their cinematic realization will provide one part of the course, complemented by various incarnations of Batman, a journey with Star Trek from television to the silver screen, and further cross- and intermedial examples. Key issues addressed: fidelity to the letter and fidelity to the spirit of a text, original vs. copy, medial divides, intermedial space, dialogism, multimedia, hybridization. The course ends with an exam.

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Semester

2018/2019 I.

Requirements

Requirements to get the grade

Exam

Reading list

James Naremore, ed. Film Adaptations.

Suggested reading list