ENGLI101-19B (HAM)


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Paper Description

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This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when scriptwriters and directors transform short stories, plays, fairy tales, and graphic novels to the medium of film.


a) To provide students with the opportunity to examine the way in which literature of different genres is transformed from printed text to film.

b) To contrast the narrative and linguistic techniques used by authors with the visual and auditory devices used by artists and directors.

c) To acquire an appreciation of the power of stories and an understanding of the different ways these stories can be communicated to readers and viewers.

d) To explore theories of adaptation and apply these to a range of texts.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through face-to-face lectures and tutorials. There are two 50-minute lectures each week. Students must also attend one tutorial per week (also of 50 minutes duration). Tutorial groups will be finalised as soon as possible after the first lecture, and will begin in the second week of classes. The lecturer and tutors will arrange for film screenings of the visual texts studied in this course. All course information, assessment information, lecture slides, and links to useful resources will be available through Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand the techniques and motivations behind adapting written texts to visual media
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  • Analyse the different ways in which script-writers, directors, graphic novelists, dramatists, and writers of fiction tell stories
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  • Approach written and visual texts from a variety of critical perspectives
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  • Read critically, think analytically, write lucidly, and present material clearly
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Students are expected to complete all assessment modules for the completion of this paper.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Short Answer Assignment
26 Jul 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Seminar Presentation
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. Bibliographical Assignment
6 Sep 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Essay
27 Sep 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia (reading list)

Amal-El-Mohtar, 'Seasons of Glass and Iron' (reading list)

Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service (Hatchett)

Rapunzel Narratives (reading list)

Richard Kaplow, Me and Orson Wells (Vintage)

Films Studied:

Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, directors Tangled (Walt Disney Pictures)

Richard Linklater, director, Me and Orson Wells (Warner Bros)

Paul McGuigan, director Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (BBC)

Matthew Vaughan, director Kingsman: The Secret Service (Marv Films)

Taika Waititi, director of What We Do in the Shadows (Madman Entertainment/Paramount)

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Recommended Readings

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Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation (New York: Routledge, 2006 and 2013)

Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan, Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010)

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lecture so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down.
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The expected workload for this paper is 9 hours per week (3 hours of teaching and 6 hours of self-directed study) throughout the 17 week semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENGL112

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