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The methodology of analysis of an audiovisual text finds its epistemology in literary criticism, which justifies a joint research on both disciplines, with a priority here on the specificity of film. The aim of this subject is to provide the student with the necessary resources to interpret the semiotics of film narrative, analysing the evolution from the silent period to the XXIst century in the Anglo-American context.
General Competences (CG)
General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)
Specific Competences (CE)
Generic Degree Course Competences
Generic UA Competences
Specific Competences (CE):>>Conceptual
Specific Competences (CE):>>Procedural
Specific Competences (CE):>>Attitude
- In order to analyse the key concepts of film syntax, we will work on two milestones of the History of film, The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915) and Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941).
- The literary and film genres to be dealt with this academic year will be melodrama and the Western, specifying their distinctive features in both fields and their socio-cultural relevance. To study the latter genre we shall include the novel The Ox-Bow Incident (Walter Van Tilburg Clark, 1940).
- In order to analyse the concept of Auteur, we shall use the cinematic work of Alfred Hichcock in his American period. We will include, as well, the novel Strangers on a Train (Patricia Highsmith, 1950) to make an in-depth review of the main features of novel to film adaptation.
- For the units specifically focused on film adaptations of literary sources we shall analyse how the novella The Turn of the Screw (Henry James, 1898) was transferred to the screen as The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961); how director Marcus Thompson adapted Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's theatre play The Changeling (1622) to film as Middleton's Changeling (1998), and the cinematic adaptation of the novel Atonement (Ian McEwan, 2001) by Joe Wright (2007).