The Art of Storytelling: from Page to Film

Hon 420 – Professor Jaclyn Costello – Summer 2020


TThis class will explore two artforms, writing & film. Over the course of five weeks, we will read and watch the following: the short tale “The Story of Your Life” made into the film Arrival; the classic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” made into the film of the same name; the short story “Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption” made into the film The Shawshank Redemption; and the novel “The Silver Linings Playbook” made into the film of the same name. As a final project, students will have the option of either writing an academic essay or creating a short documentary or film.


Required Books


“Stories of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
“American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” by Chris Kyle
“Different Seasons: Four Novellas” by Stephan King
“Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick

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