Core Module Information
Module title: Literature and Adaptation

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP07105
Module leader: Sarah Artt
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

On this module you will explore the concept of genre, the process of adaptation, the cultural significance of literary texts and films, the cultural contexts of ‘original’ literary texts, the refractions of the texts into new historical moments and social/political contexts and key issues in the theory of adaptation. Texts may include: Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818) and a range of adaptations from James Whale’s famous cinematic adaptation (1931) to the recent television series Penny Dreadful (2014-2016); William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606) and its film adaptations; and the recent film / comics A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014). We will explore the difference between ‘appropriation’ and ‘adaptation’, the persistency of ‘fidelity discourse’ and look at the vexed questions of revision, remaking and intertextuality.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Identify the historical contexts in which each literary text emerged;
LO2: recognise the continuing cultural impact of canonical literary texts;
LO3: critically compare and contrast literary texts with their film adaptations;
LO4: use adaptation theory to critically discuss literary adaptions.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sarah Artt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will attend weekly lectures and tutorials. Lectures will combine information delivery from the module leader with informal opportunities for questions and discussion (LO1&2). Tutorials will take place in small groups where you will have the chance to go into more detail on the content of the lectures, readings and screenings. The emphasis in tutorials is on clarification, discussion and exploration of key ideas. (LO 3&4) You can raise questions and debate issues with fellow students and the tutorial leader. Additionally, you will do a substantial amount of online learning via the module Moodle page – which has resources including academic articles, films, clips, newspaper articles and more

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment on this module takes the form of tutorial discussions. Regular attendance and participation is essential in order to develop your understanding of the material, and for sharing your ideas in conversation with your peers and the module tutor.

Summative Assessment:
This module includes two summative assessments: a short individual essay on either a)one of the literary texts or b) a scene analysis from one of the adaptations (40% - 900 words) (LO 1&3) and a longer project essay which includes an option a) to include creative work, proposing your own adaptation and reflecting critically on it, or b) writing a more conventional essay response to one of four different set questions (60% - 1500 words) (LO 2&4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-4 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 900
Essay 60 1-4 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP07105 Literature and Adaptation