Cowboys, outlaws and lawless frontiers collide in a look at cinematic treatments of the Western genre. Films serving as illustration: "3:10 to Yuma," "Cold Mountain" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."
Prose-to-celluloid tales about female bonding and the empowerment of women are studied. The films "Sex and the City," "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" serve as examples.
Exploring prose-to-screen transformations of stories about protagonists reaching for big dreams. Studied films include "The Pursuit of Happyness" (2006), "October Sky" (1999) and "Freedom Writers" (2007).
A book-to-screen exploration of films depicting faraway lands and mystical worlds. Among the movies studied: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "The Golden Compass" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles."