ITAL-411 From Novel to Film: Cultural Dialog
Offered academic year 2006-2007
Professor Laura Benedetti
This course will explore the relationships between literature and cinema. While examining the more subtle influence that cinema has had on literature, our main focus will be the cinematographic adaptation of literary texts. Following critic Millicent Marcus, we will analyze the process of adaptation as the result of a series of encounters: "the institutional encounter between literary and film cultures, the semiotic encounter between two very different signifying systems, and the personal encounter between author and filmmaker." We will discuss the main theoretical issues linked to this process, through the analysis of four major novels and their cinematographic counterparts. Readings from Tarchetti, Verga, Bassani, Moravia; movies by Scola, Visconti, De Sica, and Bertolucci. Conducted in Italian.
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