Literature and Cinema: British and North American Literature on the Screen - 1st semester


To understand key concepts, language theories, themes, as part of literature and film studies, by discussing a range of British and North American novels or short stories and their adaptation from text to film.
To acquire and improve critical skills to define the balance between the film and its literary source in an interdisciplinary way.
To develop a critical awareness of the qualities shared by narrative literature and narrative film, as well as the distinctive characteristics of each medium, relevant to the study of adaptation.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Conceição Castel-Branco


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese without teacher supervision in FL


Fluency in Portuguese and English languages.


Cartmell, Deborah and Whelehan, Imelda (Eds.). The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Cartmell, Deborah and Whelehan, Imelda (Eds.). Adaptations. From text to screen, screen to text. London and New York: Routledge, 2006 (1999).
Stam, Robert and Raengo, Alessandra (Eds.). Literature and Film. A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation. USA, UK, Australia: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
Braudy, Leo, Cohen, Marshall, (eds.). Film theory and criticism: introductory readings. 6th rev. ed. Oxford University Press, 2004 (1974).
Lothe, Jakob. Narrative in Fiction and Film: An Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Mcfarlane, Brian. Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.

Teaching method

Communicative methods which seek to stimulate interaction and promote increasingly autonomous learning. Stimulating individual bibliographical research and critical reading of theoretical texts. Discussing the process of transforming a work of literature into film, considering that literary works and films have previously been read and watched. Presentation of representative excerpts of films and documentaries.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: a final test, participation in class, an oral presentation or small written work dependind on the number of students in class.

Subject matter

Literature and Cinema.
Influences and interaction between literature and cinema.
Narrative in Literature and Film.
Introduction to narrative theory.
Narrative literature and narrative film.
Adaptation Studies.
The aesthetics of adaptation: limits and scope of two modes of presentation and other specific features.
Historical/cultural contexts in which adaptations take place.
Transferable and non-transferable elements.
Case Studies.
Literary genres and film genres.
Discussion of genre in literature and cinema.