Course Description

Course CodeCourse NameCreditsHours
5425702 Literature and Film Adaptation 3.0 3
Description In "The Cinema" (1926), Virginia Woolf observes that the relationship between works of literature and their film adaptations is like that between unfortunate victims and their rapacious predators or parasites. The cinema has established a tradition of feeding on works of literature as a source of cultural and aesthetic nourishment. But the results for her are "disastrous to both." As she puts it, "Eye and brain are torn asunder ruthlessly as they try vainly to work in couples." Although Woolf might have been over pessimistic about the alliance between works of literature and film adaptations, yet her words ring true at times. In this course, we will explore the limitations and shortcomings as well as the potentialities and strengths of the film adaptations of literary works. We will examine how cinematic sound and visual effects convey psychological subtleties, whose rendition in literature relies heavily on words that come alive only in our imagination; how symbols and thoughts are tr