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ENL3008 Screening Literature: Texts in Adaptation

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Screen'g Literature Text Adapt
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature
Grading basis : Graded


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 should 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 10.00
2. National identity 20.00
3. Fidelity and literary value 20.00
4. Fairy tales and intertextuality 25.00
5. Seriality and the Popular Text 25.00

Text and Materials

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

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Austen, J 2016, Pride and prejudice: an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism, 4th edn, W.W. Norton, New York.
Carter, A 2006, The Bloody Chamber, Vintage, London.
Logan 2017, motion picture (DVD), Marvel, United States.
(Produced by Parker, H, Kinberg, S & Shuler Donner, L and directed by Mangold, J.)

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.
Hutcheon, L 2012, A Theory of Adaptation, 2nd edn, Routledge, New York.
Sanders, J 2016, Adaptation and appropriation, 2nd edn, Routledge, London.
Whelehan, I & Cartmell, D (eds) 1999, Adaptations: from text to screen, screen to text, Routledge, New York.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SHORT ANSWER TEST 100 15 06 Aug 2021 (see note 1)
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS 100 25 01 Sep 2021 (see note 2)
RESEARCH ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100 40 20 Oct 2021
MOODLE QUIZ 100 20 22 Oct 2021

  1. Short Answer Test: Adaptation Theory and Practice
  2. (1000-1200 Words)

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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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.

Date printed 8 November 2021