Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction

Description

Provides introductory-level study of narratives of various kinds (fiction, drama, film) drawn from various periods, focusing on the transformation of particular stories, characters, and situations between texts in different genres or at different times. We shall examine how form itself conveys meaning, and thus how literary forms have been employed to represent private and public concerns in a variety of cultural contexts.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Close acquaintance with a number of literary and dramatic works from a range of periods;

2. Comprehension of the theory and practice of representation in a variety of narrative texts at introductory undergraduate level;

3. Skills in interpretation and analysis of literary works at introductory undergraduate level, founded on directed class discussion, consideration of published literary criticism, and practice in assignments;

4. Ability to research and write analytic essays at introductory undergraduate level;

5. Ability to communicate orally at introductory undergraduate level, both in formal presentation and in large group discussion.

Content

The course involves study of a number of literary narratives (fiction, drama, film) and their contexts. The course will normally consist of three sections in each of which a particular literary element or tradition will be the focus; the section will proceed by comparing treatment of the element in works drawn from different periods and/or genres. Students will explore the thematic and social implications of these formal transformations and will be introduced to theoretical debates concerning representation.

Topics may include, for example: the character of Medea in myth, classical drama, and film; the recasting of a classic novel into contemporary visual narrative; transformations of folktales and fairytales; the modernisation of a Shakespearean play in film.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: 500-word assignment

Essay: Two 1250-word essays

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term