Intro to Lit: Genre

We will be reading works of fiction and viewing their film adaptations to study the elements of narrative and narration in an interdisciplinary way. We will also discuss the reasons for changes from fiction to film, be they aesthetic, cultural, or generic. By the end of the course, students should have a fair grasp of the similarities and differences in literary and cinematic narratives. Attendance required.


3 papers; journals on the readings; worksheets on the films; an in-class group oral report; and a final examination.


A Course Reader, which will include the short stories for the course and articles on the process of adaptation.

Two novels: Girl with a Pearl Earring & No Country for Old Men

These are the works of fiction along with their film adaptations (tentative):

Philip K. Dick, The Minority Report; Steven Spielberg, Minority Report

Jonathan Nolan, Memento Mori; Christopher Nolan, Memento

Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain; Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Alice Munro, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Liza Johnson, Hateship Loveship

Tracy Chevalier, Girl With a Pearl Earring; Peter Webber, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men; The Coen Brothers, No Country for Old Men