Vision/Re-Vision: Adapting Contemporary American Fiction by Women to Film

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The essays in Vision/Re-Vision analyze in detail ten popular and important films adapted from contemporary American fiction by women, addressing the ways in which the writers' latent or overt feminist messages are reinterpreted by the filmmakers who bring them to the screen, demonstrating that there is much to praise as well as much to fault in the adaptations and that the process of adaptation itself is instructive rather than destructive, since it enriches understanding about ...

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The essays in Vision/Re-Vision analyze in detail ten popular and important films adapted from contemporary American fiction by women, addressing the ways in which the writers' latent or overt feminist messages are reinterpreted by the filmmakers who bring them to the screen, demonstrating that there is much to praise as well as much to fault in the adaptations and that the process of adaptation itself is instructive rather than destructive, since it enriches understanding about both media.

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Whenever literature makes it to the screen, the usual hue and cry of infidelity may be heard, and it echoes here in this collection of essays on contemporary adaptations of women's writing. Most of the authors here tentatively privilege source materials and disdain departures. There are occasions when adaptations nearly eclipse their originals (The Accidental Tourist) and instances of fruitful reinterpretation (In Country). The problem is that when film universalizes, it very often trivializes. Not surprisingly, controversies are eschewed, plots condensed, characters flattened, and themes sanitizedpeccadilloes that plague most adaptations. Editor Lupack (Take 2, Bowling Green Univ. Popular Pr., 1994) has published other essays on adaptation; in this case, women's writing serves as a rubric. Because contributors include professors and Ph.D. candidates in English, this has less to do with film theory than with literary criticism. For academic libraries with strong film collections.Jayne Kate Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879727130
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Vision/Re-Vision: Adapting Contemporary American Fiction by Women to Film 1
The Uninvited Guest: Erasure of Women in Ordinary People 45
Heartburn the Novel, Heartburn the Film, Heartburn the Result 65
Smoothing Out the Rough Spots: The Film Adaptation of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" 85
Making Shadows in the Dark: Housekeeping, from Page to Screen 101
The Art of Adaptation: Lawrence Kasdan's The Accidental Tourist 127
Black Feminism and Media Criticism: The Women of Brewster Place 145
History as Her-Story: Adapting Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country 159
The Balancing Act of Fried Green Tomatoes 193
Thematic Deviance or Poetic License? The Filming of The Joy Luck Club 211
In Love with Consumption: From Anne Rice's Novels to Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire 227
Contributors 249
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