This anthology encompasses adaptation studies in literature, visual media, history, political science and cultural/ethnic studies. By looking at adaptation in relation to the United States, the book investigates a variety of culturally and historically transformative strategies and shows how the process of adaptation has been influenced by social, ideological and political factors both inside and outside the United States.
Part I: Fresh Perspectives of Film Adaptation; Spandex Cinema: Conceptual and Theoretical Methods in Adapting Comic Books to Film - Benjamin Smith; Cryptomnesia or Cryptomancy? Subconscious Adaptations of 9/11 - Anthony Metivier; Part II: Fresh Perspectives on Literary Adaptation; An Ecology of Transmutation: Ecocriticism and Adaptation in Octavia Butler's Dawn - Andrew Plisner; Part III: Artistic Adaptations; Europe Adapted, Europe Challenged: Abstract Expressionism and Constructing American National Identity through Painting - Justyna Wierzchowska; A Return To The Context: Blues As Ethos - Ozge Ozbek Akiman; Julie Taymor's Musicality - Dennis Rothermel; Part IV: Ethnic/Racial Adaptations; The Gadugi: How the Cherokees Preserved their Traditional Village Organization through Continuous Adaptation - John K. Donaldson; A Contrastive View of American Racial Discourse and Identity: Constructs in Jean Toomer's Cane and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance - Charlene Taylor Evans; Perceptions Of America: Pro- And Anti-Americanism in Turkish Novels, Comics, Movies, Songs And Newspapers - Zafer Parlak; 22. Towards a Pedagogy for "Adapting America" in the Language Classroom - Laurence Raw and Gonca Gultekin; 23. Adapting American Literature and Culture at (and Beyond) the End of Europe: A Tale of Two Moldovas - James M. Welsh; Part VI: Historical and Political Adaptations; An Inconvenient Founding Father: Adapting John Adams for Popular Culture - Marianne Holdzkom; Aimee Semple McPherson: Adapting that "Old Time Religion" to Mainstream America - Nancy Honicker; "A Deadly Combination With Which We... [Are] Only Too Familiar": Adapting Contemporary and Historical Discourses of Race in the Popular Literature of the Somalia Intervention - David Kieran; "Forget It, Jake": Adapting American History in Chinatown - Mark Eaton.