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

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

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

Literature and Film is a superb collection of vibrant 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 ambitious introductory essay tracing the theory and practice of adaptation, providing the ideal entry point for students or scholars exploring this dynamic and multifaceted field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631230540
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 7.41(w) x 10.17(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Notes on Contributorsix
Introduction: The Theory and Practice of Adaptation1
1Improvements and Reparations at Mansfield Park53
2Keeping the Carcass in Motion: Adaptation and Transmutations of the National in The Last of the Mohicans71
3The Discreet Charm of the Leisure Class: Terence Davies's The House of Mirth86
4In Search of Adaptation: Proust and Film100
5The Grapes of Wrath: Thematic Emphasis through Visual Style111
6Cape Fear and Trembling: Familial Dread126
7The Carnival of Repression: German Left-wing Politics and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum148
8Serial Time: Bluebeard in Stepford163
9Boyz N the Hood Chrontopes: Spike Lee, Richard Price, and the Changing Authorship of Clockers191
10Defusing The English Patient208
11Carnivals and Goldfish: History and Crisis in The Butcher Boy233
12Passion or Heartburn? The Uses of Humor in Esquivel's and Arau's Like Water for Chocolate252
13Beloved: The Adaptation of an American Slave Narrative272
14Oral Traditions, Literature, and Cinema in Africa295
15Memory and History in the Politics of Adaptation: Revisiting the Partition of India in Tamas313
16The Written Scene: Writers as Figures of Cinematic Redemption331

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