The Literature/film Reader: Issues of Adaptation

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James Michael Welsh, Peter Lev
Scarecrow Press, 2007 - 361 páginas
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From examinations of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, The Literature Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation covers a wide range of films adapted from other sources. The first section presents essays on the hows and whys of adaptation studies, and subsequent sections highlight films adapted from a variety of sources, including classic and popular literature, drama, biography, and memoir. The last section offers a new departure for adaptation studies, suggesting that films about history--often a separate category of film study--can be seen as adaptations of records of the past. The anthology concludes with speculations about the future of adaptation studies. Several essays provide detailed analyses of films, in some cases discussing more than one adaptation of a literary or dramatic source, such as The Manchurian Candidate, The Quiet American, and Romeo and Juliet. Other works examined include Moby Dick, The House of Mirth, Dracula, and Starship Troopers, demonstrating the breadth of material considered for this anthology. Although many of the essays appeared in Literature/Film Quarterly, more than half are original contributions. Chosen for their readability, these essays avoid theoretical jargon as much as possible. For this reason alone, this collection should be of interest to not only cinema scholars but to anyone interested in films and their source material. Ultimately, The Literature Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation provides an excellent overview of this critical aspect of film studies.
 

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Índice

It Wasnt Like That in the Book
3
Literature vs Literacy Two Futures for Adaptation Studies
15
Adaptation Studies and the History of Ideas The Case of Apocalypse Now
35
Adaptation Studies Revisited Purposes Perspectives and Inspiration
51
The Cold Wars Undigested AppleDumpling Imaging MobyDick in 1956 and 2001
65
Trying Harder Probability Objectivity and Rationality in Adaptation Studies
77
Classic and Popular Literature
103
What Is a Shakespeare Film Anyway?
105
The Oak A Balancing Act from Page to Screen
217
Adaptation and the Cold War Mankiewiczs The Quiet American
235
All the Quiet Americans
245
History Biography and Memoir
257
Camille Claudel Biography Constructed as Melodrama
259
W C Handy Goes Uptown Hollywood Constructs the American Blues Musician
271
Memoir and the Limits of Adaptation
285
Getting It Right The Alamo on Film
297

Returning to Naples Seeing the End in Shakespeare Film Adaptation
115
Pop Goes the Shakespeare Baz Luhrmanns William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet
125
Refraining Adaptation Representing the Invisible On The House of Mirth Directed by Terence Davies 2000
149
Sucking Dracula Mythic Biography into Fiction into Film or Why Francis Ford Coppolas Dracula Is Not Really Bram Stokers Dracula or Wallachias ...
165
Vertigo Novel and Film
175
Heinlein Verhoeven and the Problem of the Real Star ship Troopers
187
Politics and Adaptation
199
Literary Hardball The NoveltoScreen Complexities of The Manchurian Candidate
201
Plains Speaking Sound Sense and Sensibility in Ang Lees Ride with the Devil
307
Epilogue The Future of Adaptation Studies
325
Where Are We Going Where Have We Been?
327
The Future of Adaptation Studies
335
Index
339
About the Editors
355
About the Contributors
357
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James M. Welsh is Professor Emeritus of English at Salisbury University (Salisbury, Maryland). He cofounded the Literature/Film Quarterly in 1973 and served as its editor for more than 30 years. He also founded the Literature/Film Association. He is the author, editor, or series editor of numerous books, including The Encyclopedia of Filmmakers and The Cinema of Tony Richardson (1999).

Peter Lev is Professor of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. His books include The Euro-American Cinema (1993), American Films of the 1970s: Conflicting Visions (2000) and Volume 7 of the History of the American Cinema series, Transforming the Screen: The Fifties (2003).

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