Malmö University
Course syllabus

Storytelling - Narration Across Media
Storytelling - Narration Across Media
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Faculty of Culture and Society

Storytelling - Narration Across Media
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
Storytelling - Narration Across Media
30 hp

Entry requirements
General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.
Merit rating is calculated based on Swedish upper secondary grades achieved, according to specific entry requirement 6/A6.

Bachelor's level

No main field of study.

Depth of study
G1N / First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements

Depth of study in relation to degree requirements
The course can normally be included in a general degree on undergraduate level.

Course objectives
The aim of this course is that students acquire knowledge about and understanding of different forms of narration, as well as basic skills in analyzing and producing stories, in different media.

Course contents
In this course we study narrative theory generally, and then narrative theory tied to specific media, such as literature, film, graphic novels, audio and interactive media. We study how different media express narrative structures differently and how a specific medium informs how the narrative is constructed. We also study how different media play with and problematize narration. The course furthermore looks at how stories travel across different media and what happens to a story when it is adapted to a new medium. Students will also produce their own stories, using tools provided by the course. Studens will be invited to work with creative writing and storyboarding, basic film and audio production and digital media.

Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student
  • is able to account for narrative structures and features in stories told in different media, with the point of departure in narrative theory (1)
  • can analyze narration in different media (2)
  • can account for adaptation theory and how different narrations travel in different media (3)
  • displays basic practical skills in storytelling in various media (4).

Learning activities
The course’s pedagogy is based on active participation, and on combining theoretical study with practical exercises. The learning activities are lectures, seminars, workshops and independent work (individually and in groups).

The course is assessed through 4 assignments: two written analytical assignments á 7,5 hp testing learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3, and two production assignments testing learning outcome 4.

Course literature and other study material
The First Module
  • Abbott, Porter. The Cambridge lntroduction to Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Adaptation Studies: New Challenges, New Directions. Eds. Jørgen Bruhn, Anne Gjelsvik, Eirik Frisvold Hanssen. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. ch 4-5
  • Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. (any edition).
  • Baker, Jo. Longbourn. London: Doubleday, 2013.
  • Bordwell, David. Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985 Ch 3-7
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. ”The forms of Capital.” In Richardson, J., Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, Westport, CT: Greenwood. 1986. Ch 1.
  • The Fan Fiction Studies Reader. Eds. Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse. Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 2014. Ch 1,3,8
  • Fernandez-Vara, Clara. “Game Spaces Speak Volumes.” 2011.
  • Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones’s Diary. London: Picador, 2014. (any edition).
  • Grahame-Smith, Seth. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the Classic Regency Romance--Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2009.
  • Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. New York: Routledge 2006.
  • Jane Austen in Hollywood. Eds. Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield. Lexington: University Press of Centucky, 2001. Ch 2, 4, 5, 6.
  • Kolbas, Dean. Critical Theory and the Literary Canon. Westview Press, 2001. Ch 2-3
  • Pride and Prejudice. Dir Joe Wright. 2005
  • Pride and Prejudice. Dir Simon Langton. 1995
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Dir. Burr Steers. 2016
  • Storyworlds across media. Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology. Eds. Marie-Laure Ryan and Jan-Noel Thon. Lincoln, London: Universtiy of Nebraska Press, 2014. Ch 1, 12.
  • World Building. Transmedia, Fans, Industries. Ed. Marta Boni. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University press, 2017.
The Second Module
  • Aarseth, Espen. “Narrative Theory of Games,” 2012.
  • Cohen, Paula Marantz. What Alice Knew. A most Curious Tale of Henry James & Jack the Ripper. Illinois: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010.
  • Frasca, Gonzalo. “Ludology Meets Narratology: Similitude and difference between (video)games and narrative” 1999.
  • Greonsteen, Thierry Comics and Narration. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2013.
  • Jenkins, Henry. ”Game Design as Narrative Architecture.” First person. New media as story, performance, and game. Ed. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan. 2003. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2003.
  • Lowndes, Marie Belloc. The Lodger. Any edition.
  • Moore, Alan and Eddie Campbell. From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts. London: Knockabout Comics, 2000.
  • Rubenhold, Hallie. The Five. The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. Boston/New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
  • Sugden, Philip. The Complete History of Jack the Ripper. London: Robinson, 1994.
Literature is to be selected in consultation with the lecturer/supervisor for the second module of the course.
Additional texts may be included in the course.

Course evaluation
The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to 
the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules
If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Additional information
Language of instruction is English.