From Fiction to Film: Exploring Film Adaptations of Three Literary Texts

Facilitator:     Judith Eastman, 217-8819, judeeast@aol.com                                                         Dates:            Thursdays, September 14–November 2, 2017 Time:             1:30 PM - 3:30 PM                            Text:              Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Mariage by Alice Munro & The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton                                                   Presentations:  None, only class discussion.

We have all experienced either loving or hating a film based on a favorite novel or short story. However, do we know very much about the filmmakers' intentions when moving a fine piece of literature from the page to the screen? In this course we will look closely at three literary works, two short stories by Alice Munro and a novel by Edith Wharton, and explore the interesting process of converting these verbal-medium texts into the visual-medium texts of film. We will read and discuss the literary pieces and speculate on which parts of the text seem crucial to inclusion in the film. Thinking about the differences between reading a text and viewing a film, we will then watch and discuss the film adaptations. Throughout our discussions, we'll consider when fiction and film share a common path and when their expressive trails necessarily diverge. In the future, we may be more appreciative of a film adaptation when we better understand the complexities and interests involved in translating fiction to film.