Dickens on Screen / Edition 1

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Television and film, not libraries or scholarship, have made Charles Dickens the most important unread novelist in English. It is not merely that millions of people feel comfortable deploying the word "Dickensian" to describe their own and others' lives, but that many more people who have never read Dickens know what "Dickensian" means. They know about Dickens because they have access to over a century of adaptations for the big and small screen. Because Dickens has proven to be the most easily adapted of major novelists, he has become, somewhat ironically, one of the foremost novelists in the English canon. This is ironic because it was just this capacity to entertain that once confined him to the margins of the "great tradition" in fiction. Dickens on Screen is an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike. It provides an exhaustive filmography and is well illustrated.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Raises a number of issues that are pertinent to the many debates that center around the translation of nineteenth-century fiction into film more generally..." Kate Flint, Studies in English Literature

"For such a reader, this book offers a fresh and, at times, irreverent perspective on the complex interactions between film and literature...Glavin's collection lays a strong foundation upon which to build." Dickens Quarterly, Cara Lane, University of Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521001243
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2003
  • Series: On Screen Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

John Glavin is Professor of English, and Director of the John Carroll Scholars Program Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is the author of After Dickens: Reading, Adaptation and Performance (Cambridge 1999).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Introduction 1
1 Dickens, psychoanalysis, and film: a roundtable 11
2 David Copperfield's home movies 29
3 David Lean's Great Expectations 39
4 Great Expectations on Australian television 45
5 Dickens's "The Signalman" and Rubini's La stazione 53
6 Bill Murray's Christmas Carols 61
7 Screen memories in Dickens and Woody Allen 72
8 Writing after Dickens: the television writer's art 89
9 Directing Dickens: Alfonso Cuaron's 1998 Great Expectations 95
10 Playing Dickens: Miriam Margolyes 104
11 Cinematic Dickens and uncinematic words 113
12 Dickens, Eisenstein, film 122
13 Orson Welles and Charles Dickens 1938-1941 145
14 David Copperfield (1935) and the US curriculum 155
15 Dickens, Selznick, and Southpark 171
16 Tiny Tim on screen: a disability studies perspective 188
17 Dickens composed: film and television adaptations 1897-2001 201
Index 217
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