The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen

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This Companion offers a multi-disciplinary approach to literature on film and television. Writers are drawn from different backgrounds to consider broad topics, such as the issue of adaptation from novels and plays to the screen, canonical and popular literature, fantasy, and adaptations for children. There are also case studies on, for example, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the nineteenth-century novel, and modernism, which allow the reader to place adaptations of the work of writers within a wider context. An interview with Andrew Davies, whose work includes Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Bleak House (2005), reveals the practical choices and challenges that face the professional writer and adaptor. The Companion, as a whole, provides an extensive survey of an increasingly popular field of study.
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Editorial Reviews

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"endeavors to change readers' notions of film adapatations as inferior to their literary counterparts...Summing up: Recommended."
-J.C. Tibbetts, University of Kansas, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521614863
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Cartmell is Principal Lecturer, Subject Leader of English and Head of the Graduate School at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Imelda Whelehan is Professor in English and Women's Studies and Faculty Head of Research at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors     ix
Introduction - Literature on screen: a synoptic view   Deborah Cartmell   Imelda Whelehan     1
Theories of Literature on Screen     13
Reading film and literature   Brian McFarlane     15
Literature on screen, a history: in the gap   Timothy Corrigan     29
History and Contexts     45
Gospel narratives on silent film   Judith Buchanan     47
William Shakespeare, filmmaker   Douglas Lanier     61
The nineteenth-century novel on film: Jane Austen   Linda V. Troost     75
Modernism and adaptation   Martin Halliwell     90
Postmodern adaptation: pastiche, intertextuality and re-functioning   Peter Brooker     107
Genre, Industry, Taste     121
Heritage and literature on screen: Heimat and heritage   Eckart Voigts-Virchow     123
"Don't let's ask for the moon!": reading and viewing the woman's film   Imelda Whelehan     138
Post-classical fantasy cinema: The Lord of the Rings   I. Q. Hunter     154
Adapting children's literature   Deborah Cartmell     167
Literature on the small screen: television adaptations   SarahCardwell     181
Beyond the "Literary"     197
Classic literature and animation: all adaptations are equal, but some are more equal than others   Paul Wells     199
High fidelity? Music in screen adaptations   Annette Davison     212
From screen to text: novelization, the hidden continent   Jan Baetens     226
A practical understanding of literature on screen: two conversations with Andrew Davies   Deborah Cartmell   Imelda Whelehan     239
Further reading     252
Index     263
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