What Books and Movies Help Us to Understand

University Curriculum: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Book to Film
Spring 2023
Taught By: Paul Kottman
Section: L

CRN: 8895

Credits: 0

In this course, we will try to think about what happens when literature is adapted in films and moving images, and how both literature and film make the world intelligible in ways that it would otherwise not be. In particular: we will consider what these art forms help us to see when it comes to the various ways we try to understand one another – what it looks like to succeed or fail at ‘getting to know' one another politically, socially, economically, historically and so on. Of special interest to us will also be the shifting social-historical ‘needs’ for film and literature as different art forms, as distinct modes of intelligibility. And we will think about how films ‘adapt’ literary works; how one medium 'deals with' the other, and therefore how their encounter shows the limits and power of each. **Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.** [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities.]

College: University Curriculum (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 50

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:12am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 404
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023