The literature/film reader: issues of adaptation

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Scarecrow Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 361 pages
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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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Contents

It Wasnt Like That in the Book
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Purposes
51
Imaging MobyDick in 1956 and 2001
65
Copyright

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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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