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ENGL 3324 Great Adaptations (Spring: 1 )


Course Description

How does a writer make a new story out of someone else’s old story? And why? Shakespeare did it, and James Joyce, and the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. TV and film studios do it constantly. Adaptations, versions, retellings with a different angle or flavor: what are the delights, and dangers? This one-credit course will center on Dickens’s Great Expectations, move to Peter Carey’s “Neo-Victorian” adaptation Jack Maggs (1997), which features a version of Dickens himself as a character, and conclude with Alfonso Cuaron’s Americanized 1998 film of Great Expectations, which echoes both its source – and Huckleberry Finn.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Judith Wilt

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-May-17