English (ENGL) 373

Film and Literature (Revision 2)

ENGL 373 Course website

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with audio/video components*.
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent and one senior English course.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 373 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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English 373 is designed to introduce students to the study of the relationships between literary and cinematic forms. We look at the links between the novel and film, the theatre and film, the fairytale and film, poetry and film, with a final unit on the film-novel. Students explore issues pertaining to each medium as well as larger questions related to style,adaptation, translation, and interpretation. We study several primary texts in detail, view several films and read work by some representative literary and film theorists and historians.


Over a work schedule of 18 weeks students study novels, plays and films, write two essays and one three-hour examination.


To receive credit for ENGL 373, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment, 50 percent on the final examination and a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Examination Total
30% 40% 30% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Chekhov, A. 1989. Uncle Vanya. Adapted by David Mamet. Grove Press.

Corrigan, T. 9th ed., 2015. A Short Guide to Writing About Film. Pearson.

Nabokov, V. 1991. Laughter in the Dark. New Directions.

Woolf, V. 2015. Orlando: A Biography. Oxford.

Other materials

The course materials also include a study guide, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 373 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the critical essay and the examination.

Critical Essay Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, June 11, 2008.

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services