ELCS6008 - Introduction to Film Adaptation
Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor: Dr Cristina Massaccesi
Assessment: 2 assessed essays of 2000 words each.
Since its beginnings, cinema has established itself mainly as a narrative medium, with filmmakers constantly drawing on literary sources. This relationship has brought with it a widespread interest in the idea of film adaptation that can be structured around theories and ideas on transposition, narratology, authorship and the study of literary genres.
The aim of this module is to provide students with a methodology for analysing and understanding the process of transposition of novels into films, not simply with the intention of evaluating one in relation to the other, but to establish the kind of relation a film might have with the book it is based upon.
focusing on examples drawn from literature and European and Hollywood
horror cinema, the module will set up procedures that can be used to
distinguish between those elements which can be transferred from one
medium to the other (such as narrative) and those which, given their
specificity, cannot be moved so easily between different media (i.e.
- Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
- Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, 1898
- Stephen King, The Shining, 1977
- John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In, 2004
- F. W. Murnau, Nosferatu, 1922
- Tod Browning, Dracula, 1931
- F. F. Coppola, Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992
- E. E. Mehrige, Shadow of the Vampire, 2000
- Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In, 2008
- Jack Clayton, The Innocents, 1961
- A. Amenabar, The Others, 2001
- S. Kubrick, The Shining, 1980
- R. Ascher, Room 237, 2012
- David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film History: an Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2009)
- Fred Botting, Gothic (Routledge, 1996)
- Timothy Corrigan, The Film Experience (Bedford St Martin's, 2009)
- John Hill & Pamela Church Gibson, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (Oxford University Press, 1998)
- Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation (Routledge, 2006)
- Peter Hutchings, The Horror Film (Pearson Longman, 2004)
- Brian McFarlane, Novel to Film. An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation (Clarendon Press, 1996)
- James Monaco, How to Read a Film (OUP, 2000)
- Julie Sanders, Adaptation and Appropriation (Routledge, 2005)
- Rick Worland, The Horror Film: an Introduction (Blackwell, 2006)
Critical material and a list of suggested additional
viewings will be provided to the students via the Moodle page for the
course. Please note that at the end of the course the class will be
taken to a visit to the Stanley Kubrick Archive held at the London College of Communication.