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Screening the Novel : The Theory and Practice of Literary Dramatization - Keith Selby

Screening the Novel

The Theory and Practice of Literary Dramatization

Paperback Published: 6th February 1990
ISBN: 9780333457931
Number Of Pages: 196

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The book takes as its theme the relationship between literature and the contemporary means of production and distribution collectively termed 'the media' - in particular, film and television. The intention of the book is to explore and evaluate the mutual opportunities and restrictions in this relationship. In the grammar of our culture there seems to be an accepted opinion that print is superior in terms of cultural production to film, radio or television, that to read a book is somehow a 'higher' cultural activity than seeing a play on television or seeing a film. By the same token, a novel is a 'superior' work of art to film or television. The longer perspective reveals that traditionally there always is a greater respect paid to the previous mode of literary production - poetry was superior to drama, poetic drama was superior to the novel, and film attained cult and classic status initially over television.

List of Illustrations - Acknowledgements - Introduction - The Literature/Screen Debate: An Overview - The Re-Creation of the Past - The Classic Serial Tradition - The Classic Novel: Great Expectations - The Screening of Great Expectations - Case Study: The Dramatisation of Vanity Fair - Case Study: The Production of Vanity Fair - The Transmission and Critical Reception of Vanity Fair - Index

ISBN: 9780333457931
ISBN-10: 0333457935
Series: Theory and Practice of Literary Dramatization
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 6th February 1990
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 18