Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Re-Writing, Re-Visioning Texts
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Seminars / Tutorials Weekly one hour seminar


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500-word essay  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   1.5 hour examination  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit Exam  Students who fail the module will be required to make good any missing elements and/or resubmit any failed coursework assignments (writing on a fresh topic), and/or sit a supplementary exam paper  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of a variety of reading strategies appropriate to different narrative forms

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which literary and/or film narratives function

3. Structure effective comparative textual analyses

4, Demonstrate an understanding of issues involved in the adaptation of the literary text


1. Introduction to Re-Visioning
2. Fairy Tales
3. Angela Carter, Bloody Chamber 1
4. Angela Carter, Bloody Chamber 2
5. Neil Jordan, The Company of Wolves
6. Comparative: from Short Stories to Screenplay
7. Workshop: Story and Film
8. Myths
9. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus 1
10. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus 2
11. Julie Taymor, Titus
12. Comparative: from Page to Performance
13. Workshop: Play and Film
14. Taking Stock: Different Ways of Seeing
15. Introduction to Rewritings
16. Lives
17.Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre 1
18. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre 2
19. Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
20. Comparative: Rewriting Identities
21. Workshop: Bronte and Rhys
22. Conclusions

1 & 2 Introduction
3 & 4 Carter, Bloody Chamber
5 & 6 Jordan, Company of Wolves
7 & 8 Comparing Bloody Chamber and Company of Wolves
8 & 10 Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
11 & 12 Taymor, Titus
13 & 14 Comparing Tituses
15 & 16 Reflecting and Revising
17 & 18 Bronte, Jane Eyre
19 & 20 Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
21 & 22 Comparing Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

Brief description

This module will explore pairs of texts under two headings, Re-Writing and Re-Visioning. Over the course of the module, six texts and two films will be studied. The first section is concerned with issues of perspectives and vision, particularly in relation to the shift between the written word and the cinematic texts, while the second section deals with issues of genre and trope. Ranging from Renaissance drama to contemporary film, this module covers a broad range of texts to exemplify the varied ways in which issues of intertextuality, adaptation, and literary context have been understood. The module develops skills in comparative analysis which will form a key element of the assessment tasks for this module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication (written) By developing a sustained critical argument (oral) Through group discussions and seminar presentations (n/a)
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent research and reading
Information Technology By using word-processing packages and making use of Blackboard and other e-resources to research and access course documents and other materials
Personal Development and Career planning Through increased critical self-reflection (see Seminar 6) and the development of transferable, ICT, communication, and research skills
Problem solving By evaluative analysis and critical skills
Research skills By independent research and synthesizing information in an evaluative argument
Subject Specific Skills Through reading and writing skills, and the study of literary texts. Introductory critical/theoretical analysis of literary and film texts and evaluation of broad intellectual concepts. Comparative textual analysis
Team work Through group work in seminars and through the preparation of group presentations in seminars

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Jordon, Neil (1984) The Company of Wolves This is a Film/DVD to be shown/viewed Primo search Taymor, Julie (1999) Titus This is a film to be shown/viewed Primo search
Essential Reading
Bronte, Charlotte (2006) Jane Eyre (ed Stevie Davies) Penguin Primo search Carter, Angela (1998) The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Vintage Primo search Rhys, Jean (2001) Wide Sargasso Sea ed. Hilary Jenkins Penguin Primo search Shakespeare, William (1995) Titus Andronicus ed Jonathan Bate Arden Shakespeare Primo search
Supplementary Text
Berger, John (1972) Ways of seeing Based on the BBC television series Penguin Primo search Crofts, Charlotte (2003) Anagrams of Desire: Angela Carter's writing for radio, film, and television Manchester University Press Primo search Gamble, Sarah (1997) Angela Carter Writing from the Front Line Electronic book Edinburgh University Press Primo search Gregor, Ian ed (1970) The Brontes: A Collection of Critical Essays Prentice-Hall Primo search Hanson, Clare ed (1989) Re-reading the Short Story Macmillan Primo search Herman, David (2007) The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Cambridge University Press Primo search Hutcheon, Linda (2006) A Theory of Adaptation Routledge Primo search King, Jeanette (1986) Open Guides to Literature - Jane Eyre Open University Press Primo search Michie, Elsie B (2006) Charlotte Brone's Jane Eyre: A Casebook Oxford University Press Primo search Motgomery, Martin et al (2006) Ways of Reading: Advanced Reading Skills for Students of English Literature Routledge Primo search Roemer, D B and Baccilega (eds (2001) Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale Wayne State University Press Primo search Sanders, Julie (2005) Adaptationa and Appropriation (New Critical Idiom) Routledge Primo search Vickers, Brian (1993) Appropriating Shakespear: Contemporary Critical Quarrels Yale University Press Primo search Williams, Linda ed (1995) Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing film Rutgers University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4