Film Adaptation
Course code
HIK7457.HT
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Filmiadaptsioon
Course title in English
Film Adaptation
ECTS credits
6.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
28
Teaching semester
spring
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide knowledge of the theories of adaptation and the field of adaptation studies, with a focus on the relationship between literature and film, while also including other media. The course will offer an overview of the critical debates about (film) adaptation and develops interdisciplinary skills for the analysis of literature, film, and other media. The course introduces to the students the selected film adaptations and their sources.
Brief description of the course
The course introduces adaptation studies via different texts, focusing on literature and film, but including also computer games, comics etc. The course analyses several key concepts of adaptation studies, such as fidelity, translation (including between languages, cultures, and media), and authorship. 
The course will analyse adaptation studies via close reading around ten novels and films that are part of Western cultural canon (a concept that will be problematised during the course). The course will demonstrate the complexity of adaptation studies and offers an opportunity to recognise adaptation studies as an independent discipline and a discourse in which the most various topics and fields of interest will meet. 
Each seminar will concentrate on analysing a key concept of adaptation studies. The concepts will include: fidelity, medium specificity, adaptation, authorship, cultures and forms, politics, philosophy, comics, and computer games.
Independent work
The course consists of seminars and independent work. Preparation for seminars includes reading the required books/texts and watching films and keeping a viewing/reading diary. Before each seminar students will upload a short summary of the text in focus in the upcoming seminar. Each time a pair of students will present a metaphor map on which they will depict and analyse a key question in adaptation studies, and which is related to at least three required reading texts. During the course the students will write a review of both a novel and a film in the style of internationally recognised magazines (e.g. L.A. and N.Y. Book Review, Sight & Sound etc). Another student will then analyse the review and present his/her
Learning outcomes in the course
The course consists of seminars and independent work. Preparation for seminars includes reading the required books/texts and watching films and keeping a viewing/reading diary. Before each seminar students will upload a short summary of the text in focus in the upcoming seminar. Each time a pair of students will present a metaphor map on which they will depict and analyse a key question in adaptation studies, and which is related to at least three required reading texts. During the course the students will write a review of both a novel and a film in the style of internationally recognized magazines (e.g. L.A. and N.Y. Book Review, Sight & Sound etc). Another student will then analyse the review and present his/her comments in the following seminar.
Assessment methods
The final mark will be based on seminar participation, metaphor map, and the level of the book/film reviews. The evaluation will consider the student's analytical skills and the ability to make connections between different texts. The mark also reflects how well the student applies in his/her work knowledge of the various problems in the field of adaptation studies.

Teacher
Teadur Teet Teinemaa
Study literature
A detailed list of literature will be offered in class.