The contributors to this volume negotiate the notion of a 'classic' in film and fiction, exploring the growing interface and the blurring of boundaries between literature and film. Taking the problematic term 'classic' as its focus, the contributors consider both canonical literary and film texts, questioning whether classic status in one domain transfers it to another. Classics in Film and Fiction looks at a wide range of texts and their adaptations. Authors discussed are Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Arthur Miller, Truman Capote and Lewis Carroll. Book to film adaptations analysed include Jane Eyre, The Crucible, The Tempest and Alice in Wonderland. The collection also evaluates the term 'classic' in a wider context, including a comparison of Joyce's Ulysses with Hitchcock's Rear Window. Throughout, the contributors challenge the dichotomy between high culture and pop culture.
Deborah Cartmell is a Principal Lecturer in English at De Montfort University I.Q. Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at De Montfort Heidi Kaye is a former Senior Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort. All four are editors of the previous titles in the Film/Fiction series. melda Whelehan is a Principal Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort.
Introduction: Classics across the film/literature divide by Heidi Kaye and Imelda Whelehan 1. 'If Only You Could See What I've Seen with Your Eyes': Bladerunner and Symphonie Pastorale by Nick Peim 2. Classic Shakespeare for All: Forbidden Planet and Prospero's Books, Two Screen Adaptations of The Tempest by Sara Martin 3. The Red and the Blue: Jane Eyre in the Nineties by Lisa Hopkins 4. Transcultural Aesthetics and the Film Adaptations of Henry James by Martin Halliwell 5. 'Hystorical' Puritanism: Contemporary Cinematic Adaptations of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Miller's The Crucible by Sergio Rizzo 6. Mrs Dalloway and Orlando: The Subject of Time and Generic Transactions by Lesley Higgins and Marie-Christine Leps 7. 'Desire Projected Itself Visually': Watching Death in Venice by Stuart Burrows 8. Leopold Bloom Walks and Jimmy Stewart Stares: On Motion, Genre, and the Classic by Kay Young 9. Trial and Error: Combinatory Fidelity in Two Versions of Franz Kafka's The Trial by Paul M. Malone 10. In Cold Blood: Yellow Birds, New Realism and Killer Culture by Paul Wells 11. Home by Tea-time: Fear of Imagination in Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Deborah Ross Notes on Contributors Index