Introduce students to literary and cinematic technique by contrasting literary texts with their cinematic adaptions. Develop awareness of the problems in moving from text to image, and the cultural and political implications in adapting literary texts.  Above all, to think about how we interpret literature and the decisions we make about its meaning and affect.




There will be one 3-hour classroom session each week. A typical session will be a mix of film-viewing, lecture, and group discussion.  The DVDs of both films are available on reserve in the Main Library.  You should try to familiarise yourself with the primary texts before the course begins.  




Class Participation and Attendance – 10%
Class Presentation – 15%
Mid-Term Paper – 25%
Final Paper – 50% 




The two literary texts will be available at the University Bookstore.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Penguin).
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Arden).

The DVDs will be available on reserve in the Main Library.

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013)



Last updated: 15 July 2016