Postgraduate Courses

FAM4034S Theories and Forms of Adaptation

NQF credits 24 at HEQSF level 8

Course convener

Associate Prof Lesley Marx

Entrance requirements

Acceptance for an Honours programme.

Course outline

The scholarly interest in adaptation, especially filmic adaptation of fiction, has grown exponentially over recent years, although the practice of this form of adaptation is as old as film itself. The aim of the course is to build on the theoretical insights of a range of scholars and to apply these insights to the analysis of a variety of case studies, e.g., adaptations from prose fiction, plays, biography and the city to film. Use will be made of theories of authorship, authority and authenticity, origin, copy, intertextuality and genre. Consideration will, crucially, be given to the changing historical, cultural and aesthetic contexts within which the texts were produced.

DP requirements

Attendance at all classes; punctual submission of written work.


20% seminar presentation, 2 research essays (4000 words each) or 1 research essay (4000 words) and 1 (25-minute) adapted script (80%).