Instructor: Dr. Shannon Smith
A study of the relationships between literary texts written in English, from classics to contemporary popular fiction, and their adaptations in a range of media, comprising close analysis, historical and cultural investigation into national and transnational formulations of adaptation, and discussion of the processes and theories of adaptation.
Available in Summer 2018 and Winter 2019.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0.
This course will explore the role adaptation has played in the construction of the culturally pervasive and popular Sherlock Holmes myth. Along with identifying how the generic conventions and narrative patterns of detective fiction translate to other media forms, the course will also offer opportunities to think about the way such media forms in turn inform the creation of new fictions. Students will examine key texts from the Conan Doyle ‘canon’ of Sherlock Holmes fiction alongside a range of adaptations including late Victorian theatrical adaptations, twentieth-century silent, and sound films, contemporary fictional reworkings, and twenty-first-century televisual adaptations. Students will also engage with a selection of secondary criticism on adaptation, technology, and neo-Victorian media.
1 seminar leadership session (20%);
2 short blog posts (30%);
1 final essay (30%);