Course Title: Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Smiljana Glisovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 3146

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 5

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore page-to-screen and screen-to-page adaptations of both popular and classic titles.You will examine this kind of textual crossing from the perspective of both literary and film studies. The course will survey a range of writers (novelists, dramatists and screenwriters) and also explore a range of genres and themes that have been the subject of adaptation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the issues and challenges that arise when analysing page-to-screen and screen-to-page adaptation.
  • Discuss authorship in relation to textual adaptation.
  • Describe different theoretical frames through which adaptation can be analysed and evaluated.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to the analysis of adaptation, and to specific instances of page-to-screen and screen-to-page adaptation.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: