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ENL3008 Screening Literature: Texts in Adaptation

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Sharon Bickle


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.

Course learning outcomes

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 required to be purchased or accessed

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.)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz A1 of 2 No 20 1,2,3
Assignments Written Quiz A2 of 2 No 20 1,2,3
Assignments Written Research (paper) No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 27 June 2022