Adaptation: Cinema and Literature
From Homer’s Odyssey to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” great literary works have influenced films in a variety of ways, providing plots, phrases, images, background, points of reference and challenges. This course will explore several texts and films that have fascinated many readers and viewers, as well as changed ideas about the meaning of and connections between literature and cinema. Instead of dwelling on the idea faithfulness, we will discuss the relationships between literature and cinematic adaptations, the competition between the arts, and the works on their own terms. We will watch Apocalypse Now, Throne of Blood, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Contempt, and Blade Runner, read works by Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Moravia, Dostoevsky, Conrad, and Kafka, among other films and texts.