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Analyzing Adaptations for Books and Beyond

Department: Literature

Instructor: Oluyemisi Bolonduro 
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Dates: July 7 - July 27
Schedule: 9am - 4pm (Lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm)
Location: TBD
Room: TBD

Course Description

Have you ever looked forward to watching an adaptation and felt disappointed when your favorite scene did not make the final cut? This course combines literature and media studies to analyze the impacts of these decisions. We will focus on two types of adaptations: text to show and text to movie. Each week, students will do literary analyses that explore how an adaptation shifts their interpretation of a story. The final week will consist of an individual or group project where students imagine and present an adaptation of their lives through any medium explored in class or one of their choosing. Students are encouraged to view this course as a creative environment to personalize their learning,
develop their writer’s voice, and think critically about the media we consume.

Course Goals / Learning Objective

  • Develop archive of literary devices and film techniques for literary analysis
  • Develop student voice through creative nonfiction exercises
  • Develop academic writing through AXES paragraph structure

Course Topics

  • Avatar the Last Airbender
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • TBD Students’ Choice!


This course is designed for anyone with a love for books, film, and/or TV!


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.