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English (ENGL) 373
Film and Literature (Revision 1)

Revision 1 closed, replaced by current version.

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

Credits: 3 - Humanities

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

Centre: Centre for Language and Literature

ENGL 373 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Course website


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 “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

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

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. 1998. A Short Guide to Writing About Film. Longman.

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

Potter, S. 1994. Orlando. Faber and Faber.

Woolf, V. 1992. Orlando: A Biography. Oxford.

Other materials

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