Pockets of Change: Cultural Adaptations and Transitions


Pockets of Change locates adaptation within a framework of two creative processes: adaptation is understood as an acknowledged transposition of an existing source-that is, the process of adapting from; yet it is also a process of purposeful shifting of creative practices in response to external factors including other creative works-in other words, the process of adapting to. This book explores adaptation, then, as an active practice of repetition and a reactive process of development or evolution. The essays ...

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Pockets of Change locates adaptation within a framework of two creative processes: adaptation is understood as an acknowledged transposition of an existing source-that is, the process of adapting from; yet it is also a process of purposeful shifting of creative practices in response to external factors including other creative works-in other words, the process of adapting to. This book explores adaptation, then, as an active practice of repetition and a reactive process of development or evolution. The essays also extend beyond the production, transformation, and interpretation of texts to interrogate the values and practices at work in cultural transition and transformation during periods of social and historical change.

Collectively, the chapters theorize adaptation by examining the conditions under which processes of adaptation and cultural transition occur, giving an account of the space and moment in which the processes unfold (the "pockets" of the title), and examining what emerges from these pockets of change. While adaption acknowledges and depends on external sources, it is also productive. It not only references prior texts, attitudes, practices, and media, but it also invites us to revisit the past and to rethink the present, potentially giving narrative space to muted or occluded voices.

This book combines an innovative and varied range of approaches to, interpretations of, and uses of adaptation, challenging the assumption that an adaptation is simply either a "remake" or the act of turning one medium into another. This anthology highlights the processes of adaptation and transition rather than simply focusing on the relationship between beginning and end products. In identifying these pockets of change, this anthology both claims and opens up new spaces in this crucial field and mode of textual and cultural analysis.

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Editorial Reviews

Eckart Voigts-Virchow
The guiding metaphor of this volume, that of pockets as reservoirs or niches of knowledge that will expand Adaptation Studies, usefully invokes ecological and evolutionary paradigms as tools in Adaptation Studies. Starting with Julie Sanders' preface, which praises the trans-disciplinary rapport of Adaptation Studies with sociology, business studies, and performance studies, this collection consistently seeks to open up adaptation studies from 'literature on screen' to a field that examines the processes rather than the products of intertextuality and interculturality.
This collection of essays marks a pocket of resistance to Adaptation Studies as we have known it. As it does not just pay lip service to the interaesthetic, intertextual, intermedial and, above all, intercultural expansion of Adaptation Studies, this volume is set to mark the next turning point in Adaptation Studies. Going far beyond established theories of adaptation, this collection is full of surprises and will be opening up new vistas in the field. Never before has a collection of essays so fully embraced the diversity of adaptation (theatre, poetry, literature, film, shows and exhibitions, consumer culture). Turning to 'adaptation' as a necessary attitude, condition, procedure and strategy in cultural and aesthetic survival, rather than merely a text based on other texts, the volume makes abundantly clear what Adaptation Studies could be in the future. All in all, this wide-ranging volume has an almost global scope -with case studies ranging from all over the Anglophone world, from New Zealand and Australia to India and Britain. It is unashamedly heterogeneous, almost eclectic - and this is precisely why it will become a standard point of reference for the growing aspirations of Adaptation Studies to become one of the key fields in the current redefinition of cultural and aesthetic analysis.
Linda Hutcheon
Expanding the accordion pleats of adaptation studies, this volume offers a series of intriguingly diverse and often cross-cultural case studies that 'rounds up the usual suspects' (film and theatre) as well as the decidedly less than 'usual' (poetic language, agricultural shows). The ethics and politics of adaptation are prominently featured in this study of adaptation and adaptability (very broadly conceived) that builds upon and also refines core theories of this rapidly changing field that studies how and why humans have always chosen to tell—and retell—stories.
Thomas Leitch
Pockets of Change will be a revelation to readers for whom adaptation study is restricted to comparing films to their source novels. Performances of Dante and verbatim theater; ekphrastic representations of visual artworks in fiction; Keats’s reading as the basis for Keats’s writing; cultural movements and attitudes as adaptive strategies; adaptation in pastoral poetry, agricultural shows, candy, and the human body—the remarkable range of texts and approaches here introduces an adventurous new spirit to adaptation study, along with a welcome invitation to further exploration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739165331
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tricia Hopton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland. Adam Atkinson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland. Jane Stadler is a senior lecturer in film and media studies, University of Queensland. Peta Mitchell is a lecturer at the University of Queensland.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Permissions vii

Preface: Dynamic Repairs: The Emerging Landscape of Adaptation Studies Julie Sanders ix

Introduction: Evolving the Field: Adaptation Studies in Transition Adam Atkinson Tricia Hopton Jane Stadler Peta Mitchell xv

1 Haunted Space: Adapting Dante's Inferno for Contemporary Performance Sarah Thomasson 1

2 Adapting Verbatim Theater: David Hare's Stuff Happens Tricia Hopton 15

3 Cross-Cultural Adaptation and the Transition toward Reconciliation in Australian Film and Literature: Deadly Unna? and Australian Rules Samantha Fordham 29

4 "Enraptured with every scent and flavour of the East"? Mira Nair's Vanity Fair as a Contrapuntal Film Adaptation Helen Machalias 43

5 Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Indian English Poetry Prithvi Varatharajan 57

6 Young Writer, "Young Country": Katherine Mansfield's Ambivalence toward Colonial New Zealand Ivy McDaniels 71

7 Imagined Villages and Knowable Communities: Work and the Pastoral in Thomas Hardy's Poetry Indy Clark 81

8 Authentic Traditions on Show? Catherine Anne Lawrence 95

9 A Pocket of Change in Post-War Australia: Confectionery and the End of Childhood Toni Risson 109

10 "Delighted Stares": Keats's Mediated Reading Alexandra Paterson 123

11 "Human Cylinders": Mina Loy and the Technological Age Jacinta Kelly 133

12 Between the Painting and the Novel: Ekphrasis and Witnessing in Pat Barker's Double Vision Mary Trabucco 145

Works Cited 159

Index 173

About the Editors and Contributors 177

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