Hollywood and the American Novel

Elective Courses

CINE 202 - Hollywood and the American Novel

ENGL 292
601 |David Espey |T 6:30-9:30pm

Is the book better than the movie? In an age when American culture seems increasingly defined by its directors and producers rather than its authors, how do we understand Hollywood’s long-standing fascination with the American novel? Or the fascination with Hollywood of novelists like Faulkner, Hemingway and Hammett? This class will look at the evolving languages of Hollywood film style and the 20th-century American novel as they intersect in film adaptations that simultaneously contribute to, and problematize, the American cultural tradition. When taken in conjunction with one another, these texts and filmic adaptations pose important problems for our understanding of authorship; the relationship between word and image; and slippery distinctions like that between ‘high,’ ‘low’ and ‘mass’ culture. Attention will be given to texts and films, but also to theories and methodologies that will inform our thinking about the relationship between them. Novels and adaptations may include Goodbye ColumbusThe Heart is a Lonely HunterDeliveranceLolitaOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestThe Loved One, and Smoke Signals.

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