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Books Into Film series features The Dead

Friday, February 4, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A screening and discussion of John Huston's classic film "The Dead" is scheduled for March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Hood College.

The discussion, led by Mark Sandona, Ph.D., professor of English, will focus on the degree to which the transformation of the composition from one medium to the other was successful, and the work's social and cultural impact.

The event, which will be held in the Seminar Room on the lower level of Coblentz Hall, is part of the Maryland Humanities Council's Books into Film series.

The final and longest story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce, "The Dead" is often considered the best of the author's shorter works. Typical of the other stories in the collection, the novella and 1987 film of the same title focus on the main character's insecurities, social awkwardness and the way he copes with a moment of self-realization.

The Books into Film series, made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings screenings of movies based on books to five Maryland institutions—Stevenson and Loyola universities, and Washington, Notre Dame, Goucher and Hood colleges.

A limited number of free copies of the book is available at Hood's library for reading prior to the screening.

For more information, contact Jan Samet O'Leary, director of the library, at (301) 696-3934.