SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Section: 005 Adaptations
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Lab Fee:
50
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course is a critical overview of the history, theory, and practice of adaptation. Traditionally, adaptation theory has been comparative (a novel vs. a film) and engaged in limited arguments about authorship, intent, and faithfulness to source material. But the complex exchanges occurring today among cultural forms go well beyond these debates. We live in a culture of recycling, re-telling, and repackaging of ideas and stories. On the one hand, media conglomerates seek to “version” narratives into all manner of different platforms, including movies, television programs, video games, websites, and special edition DVDs, to unfold stories and offer new pleasures and challenges to audiences. On the other hand, viewers and fan communities adapt texts to their own desires through their different responses, reading strategies, and textual transformations.

Adaptations represent a complex intersection of cultural, social, historical, industrial, and aesthetic factors. In this course we will unpack the complex exchanges among films, television programs, games, novels, short stories, plays, comics, and poetry. Drawing upon established critical theory, we will examine how stories are constructed on the page and on the screen, examining words as well as cinematic factors such as music, sound, cinematography, and editing. The area of acting will also be examined as a form of interpretation that utilizes the voice, gesture, and emotional memory. We will unpack how industrial practices (censorship, the star system, and genre), politics (from the cold war to neo-conservatism) and social change (related to gender, sexuality, race and class) shape the works we see on the screen. Even the conception of the author has changed—blurring the lines between artist, celebrity, and brand. Adaptations are all around us, and they can teach us a gr eat deal about our time, our world, and our culture.

SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
003 (LEC)
 
24053
Open
17
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (LAB)
P
24054
Open
17
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
005 (LEC)
 
29239
Open
9
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (LAB)
P
29240
Open
9
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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