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Seminar: 3.02.990 S Little Women Through the Ages: Film Adaptations of Louisa May Alcott's Classic Children's Story - Details
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Course name Seminar: 3.02.990 S Little Women Through the Ages: Film Adaptations of Louisa May Alcott's Classic Children's Story
Course number 3.02.990
Semester Wintersemester 2021/2022
Current number of participants 19
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Mon., 24.01.2022 14:00 - 16:00, Room: (online)
Lehrsprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(online) Monday: 14:00 - 16:00, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868) is the latest of numerous adaptations for the theater, television, and film. Indeed, the novel’s many cross-medial versions have not only contributed to the continuing appeal of the 19th-century children’s classic, each of them has also provided its very own interpretation and added yet another layer of meaning to the 19th-century novel. Hence, and alongside our study of Alcott’s children’s classic itself, this class focuses on the four feature films of Little Women from 1933, 1949, 1994, and 2019. The course aims to familiarize students with central theoretical aspects of the adaptation of novels into films in order to develop an understanding of the specific variation, accentuation, and interpretation which each of the film adaptations has produced under changing cultural, historical, and cinematic contexts.

Please note: This course takes place online and we won’t be meeting every week. You will find the schedule that marks online sessions and study weeks in the course syllabus that will be made available at the beginning of the semester together with the other reading materials. Please purchase and read/watch the following primary texts:
- Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. 1868. Eds. Anne K. Phillips and Gregory Eiselein. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004: (part I and II) [the Norton edition is preferable; if you cannot get a hold of it, another edition will do as well]
  • Mervyn Leroy's version can be watched under Amazon Prime (1949)
  • the film version directed by Gillian Armstrong (1994);
- Greta Gerwig’s adaptation (2019).
The other following adaptation is available online:
- George Cukor’s adaptation with Katharine Hepburn (1933):

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang971/2/3 981/2/3 991/2/3 MM LitKult".
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  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 01.10.2021 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 27.09.2021, 06:00 to 31.12.2021, 23:59.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • This setting is active from 27.09.2021 06:00 to 31.12.2021 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Subject is Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Deutsch als Zweitsprache
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