Eighteenth-Century Fiction on Screen

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Offering an extensive introduction to cinematic representations of classic fiction of the eighteenth century, this study sheds new light on the process of converting prose fiction into film. The contributors provide a variety of theoretical and critical approaches to the process of bringing literary works to the screen. They consider a broad range of film and television adaptations, including several versions of Robinson Crusoe and adaptations of Gulliver's Travels, Clarissa and Tom Jones. This book appeals to ...

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Overview

Offering an extensive introduction to cinematic representations of classic fiction of the eighteenth century, this study sheds new light on the process of converting prose fiction into film. The contributors provide a variety of theoretical and critical approaches to the process of bringing literary works to the screen. They consider a broad range of film and television adaptations, including several versions of Robinson Crusoe and adaptations of Gulliver's Travels, Clarissa and Tom Jones. This book appeals to students of literature and film alike.

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"...a refreshing contribution to the field of film and literature...a 'must read' for anyone interested in cinematic interpretations of eighteenth-century literature." Canadian Woman Studies
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521793162
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mayer is Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe (Cambridge, 1997).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Is there a text in the screening room? 1
1 The cinema of attractions and the novel in Barry Lyndon and Tom Jones 16
2 Three cinematic Robinsonades 35
3 Adaptations of Defoe's Moll Flanders 52
4 Film, censorship, and the "corrupt original" of Gulliver's Travels 70
5 Adapting Fielding for film and television 88
6 The spaces of Clarissa in text and film 106
7 Jacques le fataliste on film: from metafiction to metacinema 123
8 "Carnal to the point of scandal": on the affair of La Religieuse 139
9 Adaptation and cultural criticism: Les Liaisons dangereuses 1960 and Dangerous Liaisons 157
10 Mapping Goethe's Wilhelm Meister onto Wenders' Wrong Move 175
11 Rob Roy: the other eighteenth century? 192
Filmography 211
Bibliography 217
Index 220
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