Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 20
Semester 1 and 2
Pre-requisite modules none
Other pre-requisites none
This module will explore the often dependant and sometimes controversial relationship between literature and cinema within the context of Contemporary Spanish Fiction. The module traces the emergence and clash of the main aesthetic trends from the 1940s to the 1980s within Spanish culture. It will begin by introducing key concepts in film theory and fiction. Early discussion will focus on: 1) the implications of the act of reading upon the director's interpretation of a novel in the process of adaptation; 2) narrativity as a bridge that connects novel and film; and 3) the meaning of "fidelity" (Is a faithful adaptation a mere translation from a literary sign to a visual one? Should a film adaptation be faithful just to the spirit of the novel and not to the letter? Is an adaptation a new and independent creation by itself?
Teaching and learning methods
2 hour seminar per week, on campus. Students will be required to take part in regular class activities and discussions.