Analyzing Literature-to-Film Adaptations: A Novelist's Exploration and Guide / Edition 1

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The majority of scholarly treatments for film adaptation are put forth by experts on film and film analysis, thus with the focus being on film. Analyzing Literature-to-Film Adaptations looks at film adaptation from a fresh perspective, that of writer or creator of literary fiction. In her book, Snyder explores both literature and film as separate entities, detailing the analytical process of interpreting novels and short stories, as well as films. She then introduces a means to analyzing literature-to-film adaptations, drawing from the concept of intertextual comparison. Snyder writes not only from the perspective of a fiction writer but also as an instructor of writing, literature, and film adaptation. She employs the use of specific film adaptations (Frankenstein, Children of Men, Away from Her) to show the analytical process put into practice. Her approach to film adaptation is designed for students just beginning their academic jourbaney but also for those students well on their way. The book also is written for high school and college instructors who teach film adaptations in the classroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441149985
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary H. Snyder is an instructor of English at Cedar Crest College. She's also a freelance writer and teaches writing courses for the department, as well as literature offerings. In addition to her creative work, she maintains scholarly interests in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature.

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Table of Contents


I - Literature

1 - Premeditation
2 - On Literary Creation
3 - Before the Beginning: Understanding the Study of Literature to Understand the Role of Literature in Our Lives
4 - Literary Criticism/Analysis: Putting Theory into Practice
5 - The List
6 - A First Close Reading - MARIA: The Injustices of Being a Woman
7 - Beginning Maria, Beginning Sentences, Beginning Literary Creation
8 - Critics on Women's Creations
9 - Women Writers and Strategy
10 - Deconstruction and Monsters
11 - The Multiplicitous Nature of Intertextuality: Maria and Sentences

II - 2

13 - A Marriage of Media?
14 - Attempts at a Screenplay

16 - Film Production
17 - The Elements of Film
18 - Film Analysis

20 - Literature-to-Film Adaptation: The Fascination Never Ends
21 - Ten Observations about Literature-to-Film Adaptation Studies: A Disgruntled Novelist's Perspective
22 - Lit2Film Adaptation Analysis: Charting Some New Territory
23 - Why Teach Lit2Film Adaptation Analysis? Why Learn It?

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Sample paper 1
Sample paper 2

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