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ENL3008 Screening Literature: Texts in Adaptation

Semester 2, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature

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Examiner: Sharon Bickle

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course examines the way in which texts change as they move between cultural forms. We consider how the relationship between source text and film can be addressed using theories of adaptation, authorship, identity, intertextuality and genre; and question how ‘classic’ or ‘popular’ adaptations respond to cultural and national narratives. The texts under consideration draw from a range of literary forms including the novel, the graphic novel, television and film. This is a third level course that reinforces the literary skills established in earlier Literature courses, as well as expanding knowledge of key literary texts and their relevance in the contemporary world. The course will have cross-disciplinary appeal for students studying Film and Media, as well as Literature, in the School of Arts and Communication as well as covering texts and approaches relevant for students in the School of Education.


Adaptation Studies is the site of emerging critical and cultural debates about the value and function of Literature in both `classical' and `popular' forms. This course applies new approaches in adaptation theory to several texts to encourage students to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the way form influences meaning; to question the concept of literary `value,' authorship and fidelity; and to engage with notions of metanarrative and intertextual dialogue. Students will be provided with a site where narratives can be analysed comparatively across media (literary, filmic and popular writing) in order to explore the impact of national narratives, historical changes, and cultural influences.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an advanced academic and professional literacy, recognising techniques specific to several narrative forms (literary, filmic, popular) and how various cultural and national influences affect production and consumption
  2. effective discipline-based skills in identifying and interpreting theoretical concepts and approaches; evaluate and draw on appropriate secondary sources to consolidate and expand on core course knowledge
  3. the application of skills related to Objectives 1 and 2 in the interpretation and understanding of literature and culture in both oral and written form
  4. ethical research and enquiry skills by adhering to principles of academic integrity
  5. utilisation of creative skills and processes in developing innovative approaches to identified critical issues
  6. evidence of reflective practice by developing the final research essay directly based on feedback from earlier assessment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading adaptation: some theory 10.00
2. National identity: adaptation and appropriation 20.00
3. Fidelity and literary value: the graphic novel 20.00
4. Authorship and intertextuality: Shakespeare and adaptation 25.00
5. Seriality and the ‘Period’ drama 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Austen, J 2001, Pride and prejudice : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism, 3rd edn, W.W. Norton, New York.
  • Hutcheon, L 2013, A theory of adaptation, Abingdon, Routledge.
  • Jane Austen's pride and prejudice (special edn) 2009, television series (DVD).
    (Produced by S Birtwhistle, [London] BBC. Directed by Langton, S.)
  • Jindabyne 2006, motion picture (DVD).
    (Produced by P Bateman, G Charny and C Jarman, Sydney, Film Finance Corporation. Directed by Lawrence, R.)
  • Lost in Austen 2006, television series (DVD).
    (Produced by [Great Britain] Mammoth Screen (Austen) Limited. Directed by Zeff, D.)
  • Moore, A & O'Neill, K 2002, The league of extraordinary gentlemen, Vol. 1 edn, America's Best Comics, La Lolla, CA.
  • Shakespeare, W & Miola R 2013, Macbeth, 2nd edn, Norton Critical Edition, WW Norton & Co, New York.
    (New York.)
  • The league of extraordinary gentlemen 2003, motion picture (DVD).
    (Produced by D Murphy & T Albert, Beverly Hills, CA 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by Norrington, S.)
  • Sam Worthington Macbeth: something wicked this way comes, motion picture (DVD). (Produced by Martin Fabinyi [Mushroom Pictures]. Directed by Wright, G).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Buhler, SM 2002, Shakespeare in the cinema, State University of New York Press, Albany.
  • Murfin, RC 2009, The Bedford glossary of critical and literary terms, 3rd edn, Bedford/St Martins, Boston.
  • Sanders, J 2006, Adaptation and appropriation, Routledge, London.
  • Whelehan, I & Cartmell, D (eds) 1999, Adaptations: from text to screen, screen to text, Routledge, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 26.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MOODLE QUIZ 1 100 10 29 Jul 2016
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS 1000 WDS 100 20 05 Sep 2016
MOODLE QUIZ 2 100 10 09 Sep 2016
MOODLE QUIZ 3 100 10 07 Oct 2016
RESEARCH ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100 40 17 Oct 2016
PARTICIPATION 100 10 25 Oct 2016 (see note 1)

  1. On-campus students are assessed based on class attendance and participation; online students are assessed based on forum participation. Participation includes advance preparation (completing the set reading) and actively contributing to discussion.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Assignments should be typed and must be double spaced. The new MLA style must be used in documenting all assessment items. See the Study Desk for details.

  3. Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner.