Adaptation Theory and Criticism

Few have examined adaptations specifically through postmodern lenses, and no one has focused on modern American films per se in relation to postmodernism. By undertaking both of these, I hope to offer new insights into adaptation theory ...

Adaptation Theory and Criticism

Traditional critics of film adaptation generally assumed a) that the written text is better than the film adaptation because the plot is more intricate and the language richer when pictorial images do not intrude; b) that films are better when particularly faithful to the original; c) that authors do not make good script writers and should not sully their imagination by writing film scripts; d) and often that American films lack the complexity of authored texts because they are sourced out of Hollywood. The 'faithfulness' view has by and large disappeared, and intertextuality is now a generally received notion, but the field still lacks studies with a postmodern methodology and lens.Exploring Hollywood feature films as well as small studio productions, Adaptation Theory and Criticism explores the intertextuality of a dozen films through a series of case studies introduced through discussions of postmodern methodology and practice. Providing the reader with informative background on theories of film adaptation as well as carefully articulated postmodern methodology and issues, Gordon Slethaug includes several case studies of major Hollywood productions and small studio films, some of which have been discussed before (Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, and Do the Right Thing) and some that have received lesser consideration (Six Degrees of Separation, Smoke, Smoke Signals, Broken Flowers, and various Snow White narratives including Enchanted, Mirror Mirror, and Snow White and the Huntsman). Useful for both film and literary studies students, Adaptation Theory and Criticism cogently combines the existing scholarship and uses previous theories to engage readers to think about the current state of American literature and film.

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Adaptation Theory and Criticism
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Gordon E. Slethaug
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06-19 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Traditional critics of film adaptation generally assumed a) that the written text is better than the film adaptation because the plot is more intricate and the language richer when pictorial images do not intrude; b) that films are better when particularly faithful to the original; c) that authors do not
Adaptation and Cultural Appropriation
Language: en
Pages: 285
Authors: Pascal Nicklas, Oliver Lindner
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-05-29 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

“Hamlet” by Olivier, Kaurismäki or Shepard and “Pride and Prejudice” in its many adaptations show the virulence of these texts and the importance of aesthetic recycling for the formation of cultural identity and diversity. Adaptation has always been a standard literary and cultural strategy, and can be regarded as the
Adaptation Studies
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Christa Albrecht-Crane, Dennis Ray Cutchins
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

The volume takes as its starting point the assumption that adapters cannot simply "transpose" or transfer one particular text from one medium to another. They must interpret, re-work, and re-imagine the precursor text in order to choose the various meanings and sensations they find most compelling (or most cost-effective); then,
Adaptation: Theory, Criticism, Pedagogy
Language: en
Pages: 34
Authors: Ljubica Matek, Jelena Pataki, Jasna Poljak Rehlicki, Sanja Runtić, Jadranka Zlomislić
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-02-24 - Publisher: FILOZOFSKI FAKULTET OSIJEK

Book of Abstracts from the Adaptation: Theory, Criticism, Pedagogy conference held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia, Feb. 23-25, 2017
Theorizing Adaptation
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Kamilla Elliott
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-20 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

From intertextuality to postmodern cultural studies, narratology to affect theory, poststructuralism to metamodernism, and postcolonialism to ecocriticism, humanities adaptation studies has engaged with a host of contemporary theories. Yet theorizing adaptation has been declared behind the theoretical times compared to other fields and charged with theoretical incorrectness by scholars from