MFD10020 Adaptation, Transmediality & Intertextuality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Some stories or texts seem to surface again and again, often crossing over or bleeding into multiple art forms. For example, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, itself an adaptation of the Pyramus and Thisbe myth, has inspired too many examples to count, from Berlioz’s symphonie dramatique to Prokofiev’s ballet, and from Bernstein’s West Side Story to Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story.’ The transformations that occur when texts or themes modulate across media forms offer a rare opportunity to interrogate the features that both distinguish and unite the worlds of music, film and drama. In this module, students will be introduced to theories of adaptation, transmediality, and intertextuality, examining a wide variety of examples drawn from music, dance, theatre, cinema, music video, and video games. During the second half of the module, students will complete a close reading and analysis of one story or text as it appears across a variety of art forms.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

In this module, students will define, understand, and implement theories of adaptation, transmediality, and intertextuality in the creative arts. They will recognise and appraise a variety of examples of musical, filmic, and dramatic adaptation. They will develop the ability to analyse art forms through a detailed and close reading of a small number of examples. They will compare and contrast aspects of the various media through which adaptations modulate.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- lectures
- reflective learning
- critical writing
- debates
- active-task-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Researched Essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Journal: Learning Journal. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Midterm Essay Week 6 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Formative feedback will be given on draft texts while the final versions will receive feedback together with the grade.

Name Role
Ms Rachel Fehily Tutor