EURA204-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

European Novels and Film Adaptations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


A study of important European novels and their film adaptations.

This course studies major nineteenth-and-twentieth centuries European novels in English and their adaptations in the in the countries of their origin and other countries. We shall read and discuss great novels written by major European writers and the way in which they have been put into films by contemporary film directors in the respective countries.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

  • Specialised knowledge in two major genres of European creativity: the novel and the film.
  • Understanding of key approaches to major novels and serious films, and ability to present scholarly arguments in this field.
  • Awareness of the importance of contextualization for the understanding of historical and cultural phenomena, notably recent adaptation of classic works of the past.
  • Great curiosity about the phenomenon of creative works crossing boundaries of genre, of period and of country.
  • Enhanced intercultural understanding.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from CINE, ENGL, EURA, or
RUSS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


CINE214, ENGL305, EULC 204, EULC 304, EURA304, RUSS 215, RUSS 216

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 F3 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Henrietta Mondry


Alan Wright


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 1 35%
Essay 2 35%
Seminar presentation 30%

There is no final exam in this course.

Textbooks / Resources

The course studies the following novels and films:
- Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'
- Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
- Leo Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina'
- Gustave Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary'
- 'Letter from an Unknown Woman', Stefan Zweig' (book)
- 'Letter from an Unknown Woman', Max Ophüls, 1948 (film)
- 'Contempt', Alberto Moravia (book)
- 'Contempt', Godard, 1963 (film)
- 'Roadside Picnic', Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (book)
- 'Stalker', Tarkovsky, 1979 (film)

(Image: "Crime & Punishment mural at the Dostoyeskaya station in Moscow" by Jim Forest, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.)

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All EURA204 Occurrences

  • EURA204-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024