The Art of Adaptation in Literature, Games, and Film (full syllabus here)
(co-taught with Dr. Matt Wranovix, History)
How is it that the same event can be narrated differently in four different newspapers? Why do interpretations of historical events and persons change across time? How do stories change when transposed from one medium to another, from poetry to prose or novel to film? In this course, students will be introduced to theories of narrative and adaptation while reading stories that have been adapted across time periods, locations, and modes of composition. Students will learn to interpret adaptations across a variety of media (Re-tellings of Little Red Riding Hood, dramatic adaptations of Frankenstein, and film adaptations of Shakespeare, to name a few). Students will then participate in an interactive role-playing game adapted from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. For the final project, students will put these theories to work by first creating a digital edition of a chosen text that will highlight how the text has been adapted. Then students will adapt that story themselves into a [day-long] role-playing game to be played on campus in the following semester.