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Going beyond the process of adaptation, Geraghty is more interested in the films themselves and how they draw on our sense of recall. While a film reflects its literary source, it also invites comparisons to our memories and associations with other versions of the original. For example, a viewer may watch the 2005 big-screen production of Pride and Prejudice and remember Austen's novel as well as the BBC's 1995 television movie. Adaptations also rely on the conventions of genre, editing, acting, and sound to engage our recall—elements that many movie critics tend to forget when focusing solely on faithfulness to the written word.

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Editorial Reviews

Geraghty covers a wide variety of works...demonstrating the flexibility and broad applicability of her innovative approach to film adaptation....This study provides a fresh perspective on film adaptation....Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742538214
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Genre and Beyond: a Film Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Geraghty is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is the author of Women and Soap Opera (1991) and British Cinema in the Fifties (2000).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 Narrative and Characterisation in Classic Adaptations: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Pride and Prejudice Chapter 3 2 Art Cinema, Authorship, and the Impossible Novel: Adaptations of Proust, Woolf, and Joyce Chapter 4 3 Tennessee Williams on Film: Space, Melodrama, and Stardom Chapter 5 4 Feminism, Authorship, and Genre: Adaptations of the Novels of Edna Ferber and Pearl S Buck Chapter 6 5 Revising the Western: Movement and Description in The Last of the Mohicans(1992) and Brokeback Mountain Chapter 7 6 Space, Setting, and Mobility in Old New York: The Heiress, The House of Mirth, and Gangs of New York Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Filmography Chapter 10 Bibliography

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