English 111: Romantics and Victorians on Screen

Professor Mouton

A film adaptation not only resurrects a novel from a dead past, but also transforms it. A filmmaker's historical context, cultural assumptions, explicit political agenda, aesthetic aims, marketing goals, or an audience's assumed knowledge all influence a film's interpretation and transformation of the book it adapts. This block, we'll study three nineteenth-century English novels and two adaptations of each, and we'll reflect on what each text says about the cultural moment in which it was produced. What accounts for twentieth-century transformations and shifts in emphasis? And, as Frankenstein's monster resists the Doctor's will, where do novels resist filmmakers' interpretations? With intensive writing and class discussion, you'll develop your vocabulary for analyzing literature and film, practice critical thinking and careful reading, and come to better understand the expectations of college writing.

Advertisement of James Whale's Frankenstein, 1931.

NEW: Reviews of Kenneth Branagh's movie, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Select "Frankenstein" below.

Reserve Readings
Discussion Forum
Writing Tools
Film Resources
Literature Resources

Washington Square
The Dead

Last updated 9/4/00.
Cornell College