Short Story to Film: Dr Sharon Priestly

"On this discussion-based course, we will analyse a complete short story [having distributed copies of each story in advance] and then during class time, view a film based on it, dealing with a total of three stories and three films. We will first discuss A Jury of Her Peers a thought-provoking story which considers what ""is the right thing to do"". Next The Lottery provides a powerful statement about conformity. Finally we focus on The Tin Star upon which the classic film High Noon is based and which features a reluctant hero. Film lenghts are 30 minutes, 18 minutes and 90 minutes respectively. Here, we have rewarding material for some stimulating discussions."

Tutor: Dr Sharon Priestly

"Dr Sharon Priestley has presented literature courses for the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, The Letchworth Settlement, the REC and elsewhere. The topics of her courses range from the novels of Jane Austen to novels that have won the Man Booker Prize, classic and contemporary short stories, poetry, women's writings and children's literature. She also lectures on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson and has given papers focused on those fascinating individuals at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conferences and Literary London conferences."