In this course, we will grapple with queries of adaptation studies. What constitutes an adaptation? What happens when a story is transposed from one sign system to another? What does it mean for an adaptation to be ”faithful” to its original text? Is fidelity even possible or a relevant discussion point? Does the lasting popularity of an adaptation tell us something about our culture and ourselves? Several theory texts, the novels Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott and The Great Gatsby (1926) by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many subsequent adaptations thereof (including, but not limited to, movies, TV series, graphic novels, video games, etc.), will supply us with ample material to explore these questions. This course ends with a literary studies term paper exam.
Students are expected to obtain hard copies (any edition will do) of:
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1926.
- Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. 1868. (An edition also with the sequel, Good Wives (1869), is recommended).
All further reading materials will be made accessible via the course Moodle room, and the movies under discussion will be shown on Wednesday evenings starting at 18:00.
Students are encouraged to get a head start by reading the novels before the seminar begins.