Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600008032

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Βy the end of this course students are expected to have acquired: n A general knowledge of the theory of narrative fiction n A deeper insight into the theory of media studies and theories of adaptation n Basic skills in a comparative analysis of different media-based texts with special focus on modes of adaptation.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to offer a survey of the key approaches and debates surrounding adaptations and to explore what happens to texts, both novels and films, when they are transformed from a medium into an entirely different one. After a brief account of the major theoretical approaches to adaptation, the course will examine special case studies exploring the popularity of both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture texts subjected to the adaptation process. The course will also consider the practice of adaptation in reverse: why novelists tend to incorporate cinematic techniques into their work, or what prompts the novelization of successful or popular films.
adaptation, literary text, cinematic text, narrative fiction, text, screen
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Part of the course which concerns the study of cinema is taught audiovisually in a a/v teaching room. Course teaching material is offered in an electronic platform ( Student communication is conducted through the internet as well.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Reading Assigment301.2
film screenings
Student Assessment
There is only a final written exam as the overall student evaluation method. Students are asked to write a critical essay and they are assessed on their knowledge of the topics as well as on their critical thinking and their writing abilities. Take-home may be given on special cases in arrangement with the teacher. Evaluation terms are included in the course syllabus
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Cartmell, Deborah &Imelda Wheleban, eds. (1999). Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text. New York & London, Routledge.
Additional bibliography for study
Bluestone, George (1957). Novels into Film. Baltimore, The John Hopkins University Press. Boyum, Joy Gould (1985). Double Exposure: Fiction into Film. New York: Universe books. Cahir, Linda Constanzo (2006). Literature into Film: Theory and Practical Approaches. Jefferson, NC.; London, McFarland. Elliott, Kamilla (2003). Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press. Gerarghty, Christine (2008). Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama. Lanham, Boulder, Plymouth, New York: Rowman & Littlefield. Giddings, R., Shelby, K. And Wensley, C. (1990) «The Adaptation Debate» in Screening the Novel: The Theory and Practice of Literary Dramatization. Basingstoke: Macmillan. McFarlane, Brian. (1996) «Background, Issues and a New Agenda» in his Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon P. McDougal, Stuart Y. (1985). Made Into Movies: From Literature to Film. Chicago, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Naremore, James, ed. (2000). Film Adaptation. New York: Routledge. Welsh, James M. and Peter Lev (2007). The Literature Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation. Maryland, Plymouth: Scarecrow Press. Wheleban, Imelda. (1999) «Adaptations: The Contemporary Dilemmas». In Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text. Ed. By Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Wheleban. London and New York: Routledge, Barthes, Roland. (1977). «The Structural Analysis of Narrative» In his Image-Music-Text: Essays Selected and Translated by Stephen Heath. UK.: Fontana. 69-79. Stam, Robert. (2005) “Introduction: The Theory and Practice of Adaptation.” Eds. Robert Stam and Alessandra Raengo. Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation. Oxford: Blackwell.1-52. Stam, Robert. (1992) «Film-Narratology». In New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics. Ed. By Robert Stam, Robert Burgoyne and Sandy Flitterman-Lewis. London and New York: Routledge. 69-118. Criticism Kokonis, Michael. (1994) «The Video in the Classroom: Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun and the Teaching of Narratology through Film». In Verbo-Visual Literacy: Understading and Applying New Educational Communication Media Technologies. Ed. By Nikos Metallinos, Montreal, Canada: 3Dmt Research and Information Center. 148-159. McFarlane, Brian. (1996) “Great Expectations” (1946). In McFarlane, Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon P, 105-136. Giddings, R., Shelby, K. And Wensley, C. (1990) “The Classic Novel: Great Expectations.” In Screening the Novel. 54-78. Giddings, R., Shelby, K. And Wensley, C. (1990) “The Screening of Great Expectations.” In Screening the Novel. 54-78. Wagner, Geoffrey. «Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959)» in his The Novel and the Cinema. London: The Tantivy Press. 83-90. Holderness, Graham. «Dangerous Les’s Liaisons». In his Novel Images: Literature in Performance. Ed. by Peter Reynolds,. London and New York: Routledge. 17-34.
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