ENG2326 – Fiction and Film
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Although literature and film are different forms of media, operating in dissimilar ways and producing various kinds of artistic effects, they are both narrative forms of communication. Both kinds of texts can be explored as not only reflecting but also producing the cultures of which they form integral parts.
Fictional texts that have been adapted into films can be productive sites for analysing a range of discourses related to ethnicity, class, gender, and other aspects of history and culture. While each of the films to be discussed will be linked to a specific novel or short story, the course starts from the premise that a film, including a film adaptation, is a remediated, aesthetic product in its own right. Identifying elements of narrative form and discussing how they function in the two media, the course explores the interface between form and content, aesthetics and ethics, in fiction and film.
After completing this course, you:
- Can identify the structure and narrative techniques of both novels and film adaptations
- Understand how the different media function as systems of narrative communication
- Have skills in literary and cultural analysis, situating texts in relation to dominant discourses and historical and cultural contexts
- Understand the plural values of novels and films and how these values are presented
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Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English. The students should have taken at least 10 ECTS in English literature/culture.
10 credits overlap with ENG4366 – Fiction and Film
Seminar, two hours per week for 12 weeks, 24 hours in all.
- Students must turn in a first draft of the term paper by a stated deadline during the semester.
- Attendance is obligatory on 9 out of 12 seminars. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. All obligatory attendance and assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.
The exam consists of a term paper. You are required to write ca. 10-12 pages.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
You must do all obligatory activities, including attendance, in this course again if you want to qualify to re-take the exam. Admission depends on capacity.
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.