From Fidelity to History: Film Adaptations as Cultural Events in the Twentieth Century

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Berghahn Books, Apr 1, 2013 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
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Scholarly approaches to the relationship between literature and film, ranging from the traditional focus upon fidelity to more recent issues of intertextuality, all contain a significant blind spot: a lack of theoretical and methodological attention to adaptation as an historical and transnational phenomenon. This book argues for a historically informed approach to American popular culture that reconfigures the classically defined adaptation phenomenon as a form of transnational reception. Focusing on several case studies— including the films Sense and Sensibility (1995) and The Portrait of a Lady (1997), and the classics The Third Man (1949) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)—the author demonstrates the ways adapted literary works function as social and cultural events in history and how these become important sites of cultural negotiation and struggle.


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How Film Historians Can Contribute to the Literature to Film Debates
Part I PostCold War Readings of the Receptions of Blockbuster Adaptations in Cold War West Germany 19501963
The Third Man The Cold War and Alternatives to Nationalism and CocaColonization in Europe
Combat Cinema American Culture and the German Past
Orson Welless Americanized Version of The Trial and the Changing Functions of the Kafkaesque in Postwar West Germany
Part II Postfeminist Relations between Classic Texts and Hollywood Film Adaptations in the US in the 1990s
The Jane Austen Film Boom in the 1990s
Challenging Dichotomies in Womens History through Film and Literature
The Henry James Film Boom in the 1990s
The Future of Adaptation Studies as a Branch of Transnational Film History
Appendix 1 Mediating Apparent and Latent Content
Appendix 2 Model of Adaptation as a Process of Reception

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Anne-Marie Scholz holds a teaching affiliation with the University of Bremen, Germany and is currently an Adjunct Professor of American Studies at the University of Konstanz. She is also a freelance language teacher and translator. She has published in The European Journal of American Studies, Film and History, Amerikastudien/American Studies, and German History and has taught at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg, Tübingen, Bremen, and the University of California, Irvine.

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