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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 280
Course Title: Film and Literature
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Critical viewing of international films and study of relationships between film and literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. 

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Significant literary works from which major films have been adapted are recommended readings for this course. Those sometimes used for this course are listed below.


The Gold Rush, Pay Day, The Day of the Locust, Citizen Kane, Los Olvidados (Mexico), The Seventh Seal, Rashomon (Japan), Ugetsu (Japan), Camila (Argentina), Becket (France), Blow-up (Italy), The Magic Flute (Sweden), The Color Purple, High and Low (Japan), The Last Emperor, Seize the Day (China), Cabaret, A Boy and His Dog

By Anouilh (Riverhead Books)
Seize the Day
By Bellow (Penguin Classics)
The Seventh Seal
By Bergman (Ungar Publishing)
By Cortazar (Pantheon)
A Boy and His Dog
By H. Ellison (I Books)
The Color Purple
By Walker (Pocket)
The Day of the Locust
By West (Signet Classics)
Course Objectives
  • To think seriously and systematically about film and literature in conjunction with each other.
  • To understand major characteristics of and differences between the genres.
  • To demonstrate mastery of the appropriate literary and cinematic terms and significant elements.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify and distinguish between significant elements in literature and cinema.
  • Evaluate appropriate literary and cinematic terms.
  • Demonstrate through oral and written exercises practical criticism of film and literature.
  • Demonstrate command of basic appropriate literary terms and elements.
    Topical Outline: Departmental policy requires a minimum of 4500 words of graded student writing for this course. Non-Eurocentric inclusions are required for World/Eastern Culture Designation.

  • American and international cinematic works
  • Related literary works
  • Literary and cinematic terminology
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Danny Campbell Date: May 1, 2010
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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