Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities

Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities

By: Rachel Carroll (editor)Paperback

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Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities seeks to reconfigure the ways in which adaptation is conceptualised by considering adaptation within an extended range of generic, critical and theoretical contexts. This collection explores literary, film, television and other visual texts both as origins and adaptations and offers new insights into the construction of genres, canons and classics. Chapters investigate both classic and contemporary texts by British and American authors, from Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens to Bret Easton Ellis, P.D James and Sarah Waters. A diverse range of literary, film and television genres is examined, from romance to science fiction, the Western to the womens picture and the heritage film to postmodern pastiche. With a thematic focus on key critical paradigms for adaptation studies - fidelity, intertextuality, historicity and authorship - this collection expands the field of adaptation studies beyond its conventional focus on page to screen adaptations to include film remakes, video games, biopics, fan fiction and celebrity culture.

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Rachel Carroll is Principal Lecturer and Subject Group Leader in English Studies at the University of Teesside, UK.


1. Introduction: Textual infidelities, Rachel Carroll (University of Teesside, UK); Part I: Remaking fidelity; 2. Heavy bodies, fragile texts: stage adaptation and the problem of presence, Frances Babbage (University of Sheffield, UK); 3. Reflections on the surface: remaking the postmodern with van Sant's Psycho, Catherine Constable (Warwick University, UK); 4. Affecting fidelity: adaptation, fidelity and affect in Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, Rachel Carroll (University of Teesside, UK); 5. The folding text: Doctor Who, adaptation and fan fiction, Christopher Marlow (University of Lincoln, UK); Part II: After-images; 6. 3:10 again: a remade Western and the problem of authenticity, Pete Falconer (Warwick University, UK); 7. Child's play: participation in urban space in Weegee's, Dassin's and Debord's versions of Naked City, Joe Kember (University of Exeter, UK); 8. Charlotte's weblog: media transformation and the intertextual web of children's culture, Cathlena Martin (University of Florida, USA); 9. 'Stop writing or write like a rat': becoming animal in animated literary adaptations, Paul Wells (Loughborough University, UK); Part III: Reproducing the past; 10. Historicising the classic novel adaptation: Bleak House (2005) and British television contexts, Iris Kleinecke-Bates (University of Hull, UK); 11. Embodying Englishness: representations of whiteness, class and Empire in The Secret Garden, Karen Wells (Birkbeck College, UK); 12. Taming the velvet: lesbian identity in cultural adaptations of Tipping the Velvet, Heather Emmens (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada); 13. 'Who's the daddy?': the aesthetics and politics of representation in Alfonso Cuaron's adaptation of P.D James's Children of Men, Terryl Bacon and Govinda Dickman (University of the West of England, UK); Part IV: Afterlives; 14. Origin and ownership: stage, film and television adaptations of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Rebecca D'Monte (University of the West of England, UK); 15. The post-feminist biopic: re-telling the past in Iris, The Hours and Sylvia, Josephine Dolan, Suzy Gordon and Estella Tincknell (University of the West of England, UK); 16. For the love of Jane: Austen, adaptation and celebrity, Brenda R. Weber (Indiana University, USA); 17. Glamorama, cinematic narrative and contemporary fiction, Ruth Helyer (University of Teesside, UK); Index.

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  • publication date: 30/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780826424648
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 226
  • ID: 9780826424648
  • weight: 324
  • ISBN10: 0826424643

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