358:338 Our Monsters, Ourselves: Literature and Film

01  TTH4  CAC  19016  HOFFMAN  SC-220
      T 7,8    FILM SCREENING        MU-301

Our Monsters, Ourselves: Literature and Film

This is a course on nineteenth-century British novels about monstrosity and the film adaptations they have inspired. We will view films across the entire range of genres: silent, classic, independent, and mainstream Hollywood cinema.  We will read the novels from which these films were adapted or on which they're based to discover how the films appropriate and remediate the original narratives. Our work will involve placing these monsters in the tradition of the Gothic in order to understand the cultural, social, and literary metaphors they represent. 

Literary texts might include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. We will also read film theory and literary criticism in order to develop a vocabulary to work with these texts.

Regular attendance and participation required, including at film screenings.  More than three absences will lower the final grade. Assignments will include reading/screening quizzes, short response papers, and two substantial essays.