The History of Literature #103 – Literature Goes to the Movies


The lights dim, the audience hushes in expectation, and the light and magic begin. In some ways (the crowd, the sound) the experience of watching a movie could not be more different from reading a novel – and yet the two have some very important features in common. Novels and the cinema are intertwined, and both show the power of a cracking good story told through what John Gardner called a vivid, continuous dream. In this special episode, Jacke and Mike take a look at great films made out of great works of literature.

Love literature and the arts?  Looking for a way to express your support for the History of Literature Podcast? Please visit and consider making a modest monthly donation, which will help to keep the show up and running. All your support is greatly appreciated!

Show Notes: 

Contact the host at or by leaving a voicemail at 1-361-4WILSON (1-361-494-5766).

You can find more literary discussion at and more episodes of the series at

Check out our Facebook page at

You can follow Jacke Wilson at his Twitter account @WriterJacke. You can also follow Mike and the Literature Supporters Club (and receive daily book recommendations) by looking for @literatureSC.

Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

2 thoughts on “The History of Literature #103 – Literature Goes to the Movies

  1. Love the podcast, but Mike…lets not tell Pauline Kael to go to hell.
    Maybe this film was mentioned and I missed it, but I’m surprised Roman Polanski’ s “Tess” wasn’t on anybody’s list. (Hardy is my favorite writer. Jude the Obscure is the only novel I read twice).
    I don’t care for The Turn of the Screw as a story (it’s not that scary), but there is a great movie version with Deborah Kerr called “The Innocents.”


    1. I agree it’s not that scary, but I appreciate it as a disorienting story and one where James seems to be having some fun working out one of his own self-created challenges, in his own Jamesy way. I don’t think I’ve seen the Kerr film – thanks for the tip! (And I agree – Pauline Kael deserves a spot among the saints, not the sinners.) Thanks for the comment!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s