About this course

What is gained and lost when works of fiction are refashioned into visual form? This course, which alternates between the study of fictional texts and the screen adaptations they have inspired, aims both to provide a themed introduction to some of the most prominent British writers of the Post-modern period and to explore, by example, the very different narrative strategies available to writers and film-makers. Where possible, stage adaptations are also considered.

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is examined alongside both the 1984 movie of that name, and director Terry Gilliam’s dystopian picture Brazil. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is compared with Peter Brook’s classic film adaptation and later remakes. In Stanley Kubrick’s controversial movie Clockwork Orange, we see Anthony Burgess’s novel transformed; and we assess Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves, which reconfigures the gothic-erotic short stories of Angela Carter. Other fiction studied includes Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges are not the Only Fruit, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Ian McEwan’s Atonement, alongside their respective screen adaptations.

The course includes a study trip to the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, or to London to see screen and/or stage adaptations of texts studied.

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