Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation / Edition 1

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Overview

"Literature and Film is a collection of essays that chart the history and confluence of literature and film. Bringing together the very latest scholarship in the field, this guide contains astute and readable contributions - both theoretical and thematic - on the translation of literary into filmic texts." Subjects range from established classics including The Last of the Mohicans, through consecrated genre works like Cape Fear, to contemporary classics such as The English Patient and Beloved. Almost all of the essays are originals, especially composed for this volume, and written by leading international scholars on both literature and film. The book features an introductory essay tracing the history and practice of adaptation, providing the ideal entry point for students or scholars exploring this dynamic and multifaceted field.
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“Stam and Raengo's Literature and Film offers a wonderful collection of approaches to the multifaceted and sometimes contradictory relationship between the written word and the filmic image, bringing into the discussion a refreshing series of examples drawn from international and minority cinemas.”

Richard Pea, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631230557
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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. 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

Introduction : the theory and practice of adaptation 1
1 Improvements and reparations at Mansfield Park 53
2 Keeping the carcass in motion : adaptation and transmutations of the national in The last of the Mohicans 71
3 The discreet charm of the leisure class : Terence Davies's The house of mirth 86
4 In search of adaptation : Proust and film 100
5 The grapes of wrath : thematic emphasis through visual style 111
6 Cape Fear and trembling : familial dread 126
7 The carnival of repression : German left-wing politics and The lost honor of Katharina Blum 148
8 Serial time : Bluebeard in Stepford 163
9 Boyz n the hood chronotropes : Spike Lee, Richard Price, and the changing authorship of Clockers 191
10 Defusing The English patient 208
11 Carnivals and goldfish : history and crisis in The butcher boy 233
12 Passion or heartburn? : the uses of humor in Esquivel's and Arau's Like water for chocolate 252
13 Beloved : the adaptation of an American slave narrative 272
14 Oral traditions, literature, and cinema in Africa 295
15 Memory and history in the politics of adaptation : revisiting the partition of India in Tamas 313
16 The written scene : writers as figures of cinematic redemption 331
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