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From Page to Screen: Adaptations of the Classic Novel

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This book critically examines the long established tradition of adapting classic novels to film or TV screen, encompassing novelists from Jane Austen to Michael Ondaatje. The early cinema ransacked literature for stories suitable for retelling in moving pictures, and as the art of the cinema matured, and cinematography, music, special effects and sound were improved, the art of dramatization began to produce high quality versions of respected novels. The authors in this book ...

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Overview

This book critically examines the long established tradition of adapting classic novels to film or TV screen, encompassing novelists from Jane Austen to Michael Ondaatje. The early cinema ransacked literature for stories suitable for retelling in moving pictures, and as the art of the cinema matured, and cinematography, music, special effects and sound were improved, the art of dramatization began to produce high quality versions of respected novels. The authors in this book analyze a wide variety of literary dramatizations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719052316
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Giddings is Professor of Communication and Culture at Bourbanemouth University.

Erica Sheen is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Pickwick Papers: Beyond that Place and Time—Robert Giddings
• Where the Garment Gapes: Faithfulness and Promiscuity in the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice—Erica Sheen
• Sentimentality, Sex and Sadism: The 1935 Version of Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop —Jenny Dennett
• Beholding a Magic Panorama: Television and the Illustration of Middlemarch—Ian Mackillop & Alison Platt
• Hardy, History and Hokum—Keith Selby
• A Taste of the Gothic: Film and Television Versions of Dracula—Jonathon Bignell
• Times of Death in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage —Suzanne Spiedel
• Lids Tend to Come Off: David Lean's Film of E. M. Forster's A Passage to India —Neil Sinyard
Brideshead Revisited Revisited—Fred Inglis
• Piecing Together a Mirage: Adapting The English Patient for the Screen—Bronwen Thomas

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