Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works

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Phyllis Frus, Christy Williams
McFarland, Feb 10, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 226 pages
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Some film and novel revisions go so far beyond adaptation that they demand a new designation. This critical collection explores movies, plays, essays, comics and video games that supersede adaptation to radically transform their original sources. Fifteen essays investigate a variety of texts that rework everything from literary classics to popular children’s books, demonstrating how these new, stand-alone creations critically engage their sources and contexts. Particular attention is paid to parody, intertextuality, and fairy-tale transformations in the examination of these works, which occupy a unique narrative and creative space.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Borrowing a Melody
19
2 Adaptation The Orchid Thief and the Subversion of Hollywood Conventions
31
3 Historical Figures Transformed
42
4 PostColonial Transformation
56
5 Transforming Great Expectations
69
6 A Fuller Statement of the Case
83
7 Transforming Shakespeare
95
10 Wonderlands become quite strange
133
11 Stories to Live By
144
12 Mulan
156
13 MassMarketing Beauty
168
14 Four Times Upon a Time
181
15 Mermaid Tales on Screen
194
About the Contributors
207
Index
211

8 On the Trail of the Butterfly
111
9 Wicked and Wonderful Witches
123

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Phyllis Frus is an associate professor of English and chair of the English department at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Christy Williams is an instructor of English at Hawai‘i Pacific University and a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawai‘i. She lives in Honolulu.

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