Adaptation of Literature for Film

English 4935/7580
Section 1
Carsten Strathausen

Cross-listed as Film 4935 and Theatre 4935This upper-divison course will explore adaptation principles and practices with a variety of forms of literature that were not originally written for film.

This course studies the relation between literature and film via a detailed analysis of popular movies and the literary texts that inspired them. Although we shall discuss some historical and theoretical texts, particularly at the beginning the course, the emphasis overall lies on close readings of the chosen texts and the corresponding films. A central goal of this course is to question the “fidelity” model on which most comparative analyses of film and literature are (still) based.

Required texts:

  • Timothy Corrigan (ed), Literature and Film. An Introduction and Reader, 2nd ed. (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865)
  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899)
  • Franz Kafka, The Trial (1922)
  • Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (1930)
  • Stanislav Lem, Solaris (1961)
  • Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? (1968)
  • James Dickey, Deliverance (1970)
  • Stephen King, The Shining (1977)
  • Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men (2005)


  • John Huston, The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Disney, Alice in Wonderland (1951 Disney; 1999 version)
  • Stanley Kubrick, The Shining (1962)
  • Orson Welles, The Trial (1962)
  • Weissberg, Deliverance (1972)
  • Tarkovsky, Solaris (1972)
  • Coppola, Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Kubrick, The Shining (1980)
  • Scott, Blade Runner (1982)
  • Soderbergh, Solaris (2002)
  • Coen Brothers, No Country for Old Men (2007)