Instructor: Simon Dixon

Dates: Thursdays; Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, March 3 and March 17

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: This course compares the page and the screen. We will explore the history of the film medium and the process that turns a literary work into a film “reading” or interpretation; comparing such Hollywood classics asHitchcock’s Rear Window and Carol Reed’s The Fallen Idol with their short story originals.Throughoutthecoursewe will carefully compare Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibilitywith its successful screen adaptation by Emma Thompson and Ang Lee (1995). In particular, we will examine the complexrelationship between literature and thevery different aesthetic qualities of film: an audio-visual medium thatemploys performance, music, photography, editing, and design to capture literary experience and then extend it into something new: the filmic. Beginning with the fundamental problem ofthe film’s fidelity to the literary original, we will see how film has developed its own literary and poetic modes. The course comprises five lectures, illustrated with film clips

Class Format:Lecture and discussion

Readings: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Penguin Classics (2003); additional readings will be e mailed.

Instructor Bio: Simon Dixonbegan his scholarly career at the University of East Anglia, England, as a student of Russian language and literature. He received his BA in American Literature from the University of Sussex, England; his MA in English from Clark University, and his PhD in Film Studies from the University of Iowa.He teaches in the Honors College at MSU.

Cost: $62.50 - member; $97.50 - nonmember


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust