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A Companion to Literature in Film provides state-of-the-art research on world literature, film, and the complex theoretical relationship between them. 25 essays by international experts cover the most important topics in the study of literature and film adaptations.

  • Covers a wide variety of topics, including cultural, thematic, theoretical, and genre issues
  • Discusses film adaptations from the birth of cinema to the present day
  • Explores a diverse range of titles and genres, including film noir, biblical epics, and Italian and Chinese cinema
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This volume stands as a model for consolidating studies of film and literature. It demonstrates that this field of intellectual inquiry, as it has developed over the last 15 years, encompasses the highbrow and the low; first and third world subject matter; issues of audience as well as authorship; and a commitment to interdisciplinarity. This collection will be useful for all kinds of readers: scholars, undergraduates, and all those who take seriously the pleasures provided by movies and novels.”
Eric Smoodin, University of California at Davis

“To anyone believing the discussion of novel-into-film had been exhausted a generation ago, A Companion to Literature and Film will come as a welcome surprise. Each of the twenty-five brilliantly argued case studies shows a level of conceptual clarity and interdisciplinary range that is astonishing. Scholars will find that this book bristles with ideas, while newcomers to the debates have an indispensable and expert guide.”
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam

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Product Details

Meet the Author

Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. His many books include Film Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2000), Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (with Ella Shohat, 1994), and Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism and Film (1989). With Toby Miller, he is the editor of Film and Theory (Blackwell, 2000) and The Blackwell Companion to Film Theory (2000).

Alessandra Raengo is finishing her PhD in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University, where she occasionally teaches. Her dissertation explores race and vernacular social criticism in American culture between 1945 and 1968. Among her publications are The Birth of Film Genres (1999) and The Bounds of Representation (2000), both multilingual volumes edited with Leonardo Quaresima and Laura Vichi.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.



1. Novels, Films, and the Word/Image Wars: Kamilla Elliott (University of California at Berkeley).

2. Sacred Word, Profane Image: Theologies Of Adaptation: Ella Shohat (New York University).

3. Gospel Truth? From Cecil B. DeMille to Nicholas Ray: Pamela Grace (New York University).

4. Transécriture and Narrative Mediatics: The Stakes of Intermediality: André Gaudreault (University of Montreal) and Philippe Marion.

5. The Look: From Film to Novel: An Essay in Comparative Narratology: Francois Jost (Sorbonne).

6. Adaptation and Mis-adaptations: Film, Literature, and Social Discourses: Francesco Casetti (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart).

7. The Invisible Novelty: Film Adaptations in the 1910s: Yuri Tsivian (University of Chicago).

8. Italy and America: Pinocchio's First Cinematic Trip: Raffaele De Berti (University of Milan).

9. The Intertextuality of Early Cinema: A Prologue to Fantomas: Tom Gunning (University of Chicago).

10. Cosmopolitan Projections: World Literature on Chinese Screens: Zhang Zhen (New York University).

11. The Rhetoric of Interruption: Allen Weiss (New York University).

12. Visualizing The Voice: Joyce, Cinema And The Politics Of Vision: Luke Gibbons (University of Notre Dame).

13. Adapting Cinema to History: a Revolution in the Making: Dudley Andrew (Yale University).

14. Photographic Verismo, Cinematic Adaptation, and the Staging of a Neorealist Landscape: Noa Steimatsky (Yale University).

15. The Devil's Parody: Horace McCoy's Appropriation and Refiguration of Two Hollywood Musicals: Charles Musser (Yale University).

16. The Sociological Turn of Adaptation Studies: The Example of Film Noir: R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University).

17. Adapting Farewell, My Lovely: William Luhr (Columbia University).

18. Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock: Richard Allen (New York University).

19. Running Time: The Chronotope of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner: Peter Hitchcock (Baruch College, CUNY).

20. From Libertinage to Eric Rohmer: Transcending 'Adaptation': Maria Tortajada (University of Lausanne).

21. The Moment of Portraiture: Scorsese Reads Wharton: Brigitte Peucker (Yale University).

22. The Talented Post-structuralist: Hetero-masculinity, Gay Artifice, and Class Passing: Chris Straayer (New York University).

23. From Bram Stoker's Dracula to Bram Stoker's Dracula: Margaret Montalbano (New York University).

24. The Bible as Cultural Object[s] in Cinema: Gavriel Moses (University of California at Berkeley).

25. All's Wells that Ends Wells: Apocalypse and Empire in The War of the Worlds: Julian Cornell (New York University).


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