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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL2020 Adaptation and Interpretation: Film and Intermedial Storytelling

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Vlad Strukov

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Since its beginnings, film has drawn on literary sources such as novels, fairy tales, and plays, and it has engaged with other media and forms of representation and storytelling such as painting, music and sequential art (comic books). The relationship between these forms of expression has brought with it a widespread interest in the idea of film adaptation which includes different theories and ideas such as authorship, narratology, transposition, and genre. In the digital era, these concepts have been challenged due to the rise of the 'active consumer' who uses different media and platforms to construct their own understating of a particular story or event. The module aims to provide students with a methodology for analysing and understanding these processes of intermedial and transmedial storytelling and expressive practice. By focusing on examples drawn from World Cinema, the module will introduce procedures which can be used to analyse how meaning is transferred across different media and platforms in a range of national and transnational settings. The module will examine both 'classic' adaptations as well as 'popular' adaptations of literary texts within their historical and culture context, and then consider the films' relationships to their source texts.


The aims of this module are to:
- introduce the students to the critical and cultural debates about film adaptation
- develop the students' interdisciplinary skills in working with film and literature, sequential art (comic books), performance, and other forms of creative expression
- introduce the students to selected significant film adaptations, and their sources,
- introduce the students to different cultural settings where film adaptations may have a different role or status
- develop the students' knowledge of the theories of adaptation and intermedial and transmedial storytelling

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- the intellectual, cultural and production systems in which adaptations originate
- critical theories that enable analysis of fiolm adaptations and more generally intermedial and transmedial cultural production and consumption
- different cultural contexts that influence the ways in which we understand, appreciate and critically analyse adaptations

On completion of the module students will have the skills of:
- identifying the cultural and intellectual tensions raised about the authorship by adaptations
- demonstrating through classroom discussion and written assignment an understanding of adaptation theory and a critical awareness of the scholarly debates regarding intermnedial and transmedial cultural practice
- situating specific film adaptations in their cultural and historical context and critically analysing them
- writing critically and cogently about the central debates in the area of adaptation studies
- participating constructively in group discussion of specific topics
- undertaking a range of relevant research in support of work
- meeting the requirements of varying types of written assignments


Lectures will introduce the theories of adaptation, intertextuality, intermediality and Transmediality; theories of authorship and readership, and will set up procedures for analysing these complex creative practices.

Seminars / group discussion will develop specific issues arising from concrete film adaptations and theoretical concepts which will have been introduced in the lectures.

Students will be able to access critical materials on the vle and also view and analyse films and other related materials as part of their independently study.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are required to examine a number of practices such as film, literature, photography, sequential art, performances, in the current and historical contexts, so students are required to access, research and analyse a variety of sources in a wide range of cultural settings.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through their classroom participation and mid-term module review; students will receive regular group feedback; individual feedback will be provided in response to written assignment such as essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words60.00
Reflective log1,500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2016


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