This course explores the nature, form, and function of a selection of narratives, reflecting specifically on how a story unfolds depending on the medium through which it is told. Drawing on theories of narratology, students consider the techniques that writers employ to convey their stories and, in turn, how filmmakers choose to translate these techniques for cinema audiences. To facilitate this exploration, concentration is placed on the narrative mechanics that are unique to different genres or styles, possibly including the gothic, realism, magic realism, postmodernism, and the graphic novel. In addition to studying classic, popular, and critically acclaimed stories, attention is given to cult and independent texts as well. Students are required to attend longer class session for film viewings.
Prerequisites: A first-year seminar and junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.