Schedule & Readings

REQUIRED COURSE TEXTS:

These books are available at the Queens College bookstore. Additional course readings are available on the class blog. You must bring a printed copy of the readings to class.

  • Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Dover, ISBN: 978-1420938296, $6
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Dover, ISBN: 978-0486292564, $3.50
  • Ted Hughes, The Iron Giant, Yearling, ISBN: 978-0375801532, $6
  • Daniel Clowes, Ghost World, Fantagraphics, ISBN: 978-1560974277, $12

Students should obtain copies of the following films, either by purchasing, renting, or locating them through the library. Let me know in advance if you are having trouble finding a copy:

  • Adaptation., Spike Jonze, 2002, 114 min.
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Michael Winterbottom, 2005, 94 min.
  • Sleeping Beauty, Clyde Geronimi, 1959, 75 min.
  • The Sleeping Beauty, Catherine Breillat, 2010, 82 min.
  • Billy Budd, Peter Ustinov, 1962, 123 min.
  • Beau Travail, Claire Denis, 1999, 92 min.
  • Wuthering Heights, William Wyler, 1939, 104 min.
  • Abismos de Pasion, Luis Buñuel, 1954, 91 min.
  • Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold, 2011, 129 min.
  • Arashi ga oka, Yoshishige Yoshida, 1988, 143 min. [excerpts only]
  • The Iron Giant, Brad Bird, 1999, 86 min.
  • Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff, 2001, 111 min.

COURSE CALENDAR

1/29: Course Introduction

1/31: Read Susan Orlean, “Orchid Fever”

2/5: Watch Adaptation. Dir. Spike Jonze. Perf. Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep. Columbia, 2002. Film. 114 min.

2/7: Read Handout on Film Terminology; Discuss Adaptation.

2/12: NO CLASS (Lincoln’s Birthday)

2/14: Read excerpts from First Volume of Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy; Watch Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Perf. Steve Coogan and Roby Brydon. BBC Films, 2005. Film. 94 min.

Due: Review Essay

2/19: Read Thomas Leitch, “Twelve Fallacies in Contemporary Adaptation Theory.” Criticism 45.2 (2003): 149-171” and Charles Perrault, “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”

2/21: Watch Sleeping Beauty, Clyde Geronimi, 1959, 75 min.

Due: Investigative Proposal [email]

2/26: Watch The Sleeping Beauty, Catherine Breillat, 2010, 82 min.

2/28: Read Handout on Film Segmentation; Discuss The Sleeping Beauty

Due: Revised Investigative Proposal

3/5: Read Robert Stam. “Introduction: The Theory and Practice of Adaptation.” Literature and Film. Eds. Robert Stam and Alessandra Raengo. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 1-52; Discuss Proposals

3/7: Discuss Stam

Due: Annotated Paragraph

3/12: Read Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor

Due: Segmentation

3/14: Watch Billy Budd, Peter Ustinov, 1962, 123 min.

3/19: Watch Beau Travail, Claire Denis, 1999, 92 min.

Due: Mise-en-scéne analysis

3/21: Discuss Beau Travail and Billy Budd

3/26: NO CLASS (Spring Break) 

3/28: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

4/2: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

4/4: Read Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

4/9: Discuss Wuthering Heights

4/11: Watch Wuthering Heights, William Wyler, 1939, 104 min.

4/16: Read Elliott, Kamilla. “Literary Cinema and the Form/Content Debate.” Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003. 133-183; Watch Abismos de Pasion, Luis Buñuel, 1954, 91 min.

4/18: Watch Arashi ga oka, Yoshishige Yoshida, 1988, 143 min. [excerpts]; Discuss Elliott

4/23: Watch Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold, 2011, 129 min.

4/25: Discuss Wuthering Heights

Due: Annotated Bibliography

4/30: Read Ted Hughes, The Iron Giant

5/2: Watch The Iron Giant, Brad Bird, 1999, 86 min.

Due: Conference Presentation

5/7: Read Daniel Clowes, Ghost World

5/9: Discuss Clowes Ghost World

Due: Draft of Essay

5/14: Watch Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff, 2001, 111 min.

5/16: Discuss Zwigoff Ghost World

Due: Final Essay

5/23: Final Projects due by noon [online]

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3 Responses to Schedule & Readings

  1. Henna says:

    Is there supposed to be a link attached to the reading for tomorrow, “Criticism 45.2”?

  2. Henna says:

    Mm, understood. Thanks.

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