Reading Literature through Cinematic Devices


Abstract: Cinema has had a long and difficult relationship with literature and, in more than a century of coexistence, the exchanges between the two forms of expression have raised extremely complex questions. There are two opposing views: one is the disdain of the literary for the cinematic; the other is the optimistic belief that the visual is superseding the textual. For this discussion, the most important problem is the differences or resemblances between the “gateways” into the imaginative worlds generated by literature and cinema respectively. Is there a point of juncture between the two arts or do they remain antithetical? The author finds a solution for this conflict in the practices of the pedagogy of adaptation and describes his teaching experience with using adaptation and screenwriting as interpretive tools in the analysis of literary texts.

Keywords: cinematic devices, visual narratives, literariness, adaptation, interpretation