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


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