SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Section: 003 Fiction into Film
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
35.00
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

Two principal modes of story-telling in the twentieth and twenty-first century have been Fiction and Film. If the novel was the preeminent mode of tale-telling in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it’s safe to say it now has been supplanted; the audience for “Avatar” dwarfs that of Moby Dick. And often as not the relation between the two genres has been oppositional; “I preferred the book,” or “I preferred the movie,” are sentences and sentiments we all have read and heard. It often seems as though the choice is “either or...”

This course will focus instead on “both-and.” We plan to discuss the ways that fiction and film intersect, interact, and are indispensable one to the other. In the spirit of such linkage, we will do so together all term. One of the professors (Delbanco) is principally a novelist; one of the professors (Burnstein) is principally a screenwriter. The course will meet twice weekly in lecture/discussion mode and once a week for screenings of the films themselves. There are three categories we will explore:

  1. The film that’s less good than the fiction. (The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, The Sun Also Rises, War and Peace, etc.)
  2. The film that improves on the fiction (Barry Lyndon, Gone With the Wind, The Godfather 1 & 11, The Graduate, etc.)
  3. The third category is, if not the largest, the one we’ll spend most time on — examples of adaptation and translation and transference from one genre to another. These include but are not limited to A Clockwork Orange, Adaptation, Apocalypse Now, A River Runs Through It, Brokeback Mountain, Clueless, Lolita, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.

We will also discuss such variations on a theme as Shakespeare in Love and Young Frankenstein—original screenplays that take off from but are not rooted in previous texts. We will discuss such loose adaptations as The Natural, Sideways, The Swimmer and Up In The Air. Our intention is to focus in class on a dozen films and fictions (the written coursework will focus on a dozen more). What techniques are shared between the genres; which are specific to them? Why does The Great Gatsby fail and Barry Lyndon succeed? What do novelists and screenwriters have in common; what do we as members of the audience expect from each and what is indispensable to both? This collaborative venture—the first such instance at UM and, to our knowledge, in an undergraduate curriculum anywhere—will be instructive fun.

SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
22310
Closed
Wolv. Access
 
-
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
P
26783
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (LAB)
 
26995
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
W 6:30PM - 9:30PM
005 (LEC)
P
32599
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (LAB)
 
32601
Open
6
 
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M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780451524447
(Macbeth) The Tragedy of Macbeth, Author: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616., Publisher: Penguin 1986
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780393955521
Heart of darkness : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism, Author: Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924., Publisher: Norton 1988
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0007205589
Close range: Brokeback Mountain and other stories, Author: Proulx, Annie, 1935-, Publisher: Harper Perennial 2006
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780140274097
A clockwork orange, Author: Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993., Publisher: Penguin 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780141442174
My penguin "emma"., Author: Jane Austen, Publisher: Penguin Classics 2006
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780871066732
River reflections : an anthology, Publisher: Globe Pequot 1988
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0094522405
The Graduate, Author: Charles Webb, Publisher: Constable 1964
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 044900371X
The Orchid Thief, Author: Susan Orlean, Publisher: Ballantine Books 2000
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0679600213
Out of Africa, Author: Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962., Publisher: Modern Library 1997
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780764586019
The great Gatsby, Author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940, Publisher: Wiley Publishing 2000
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780330288491
Ragtime, Author: Doctorow, Edgar Lawrence (1931-....)., Publisher: Picador 1985
Required
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