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Novel into Film: The Sheltering Sky

What is adaptation? What are its requirements and constraints?  Its powers and limitations? How and to what degree can it reproduce the perspective, sense of reality, method, and purpose of the original -- not only the plot (or equivalent) and themes, but the arguments and deep causality? In class discussion, grounded and warranted answers to these and other questions will lead to complementary interpretations and judgments.

Instructor Bio:

David Lee Rubin taught at The University of Chicago before moving in 1969 to UVa, where he is a professor emeritus of French. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has written three books on intertextuality in the early modern lyric. For further information, see his LinkedIn profile.

Required Reading:

Bowles, Paul. The Sheltering Sky, 1949.  (Any complete edition. Recognized by Time and Random House as one of the key novels of the 20th century.)
Bernardo Bertolucci (director), The Sheltering Sky (1990). Starring Debra Winger and John Malkovitch. Check for availability at NetFlix and Amazon Prime (DVD and streaming video), Amazon.com (DVD). Winner of the Golden Globe for score and the New York Film Critics' Award for cinematography

Recommended Reading:

Wikipedia on Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky (N.B.: film and novel are treated in separate entries), Bernardo Bertuolucci.
Rubin, David Lee. "Rewriting: A Heuristic Profile," French Forum 24.1 (1999), 21-32.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B304 David Rubin Apr 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 We 2:30-4:00 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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