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True to the Spirit : Film Adaptation and the Question of Fidelity - Colin MacCabe

True to the Spirit

Film Adaptation and the Question of Fidelity

By: Colin MacCabe (Editor), Kathleen Murray (Editor), Rick Warner (Editor)

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Adaptation persists as a major area of inquiry in both film and literary studies. Over the past two decades, scholars have extended the debate well beyond George Bluestone's influential Novels into Film (1957) by taking into account such concerns as intertextuality and different forms of narrative enabled through new media. A dominant trend has been to dispense straight away with questions of fidelity and "faithfulness," the assumption being that such views are naAve, moralistic, and rooted in a cultural prejudice against the audiovisual. While acknowledging the merits of this position--namely its complication of the one-way "page-to-screen" perspective--this collection seeks to put the question of fidelity back into play. The essays explore the ways in which the newer, more sophisticated approaches can still accommodate forms of fidelity between two or more texts without having to reinscribe untenable distinctions between "original" and "copy," and without having to argue from a strict media essentialist position that stages an impasse between linguistic and cinematic means of articulation. In addition, the scholars in this volume seek to recognize and account for fidelity's cultural currency among filmmakers and audiences alike, no matter how impossible fidelity might be in a literal sense. The selected essays offer an opportunity to showcase both well established adaptation scholars (Laura Mulvey, Dudley Andrew, Tom Gunning and James Naremore) and emerging voices in the field.

" It is not too much to say that this book is simply ground-breaking, easily and by far the best book on this important subject, and one that should be required reading of all film and literature students."--Lee Grieveson, University College London "True to the Spirit revives adaptation as a key conceptual framework for understanding cinema's intricate political and aesthetic dialogues-and disagreements-with works in other media. This is a generous book: it addresses a surprising range of films and texts, and will foster the creativity of its readers through its expansive, historically detailed case studies." --Karla Oeler, Emory University


Preface Introduction: Bazinian Adaptation: The Butcher Boy as Example Colin MacCabe 1. The Economies of Adaptation Dudley Andrew 2. Literary Appropriation and Translation in Early Cinema: Adapting Gerhardt Hauptmann's Atlantis in 1913 Tom Gunning 3. Hearts of Darkness: Joseph Conrad and Orson Welles James Naremore 4. Max Ophuls's Auteurist Adaptations Laura Mulvey 5. To Have and Have Not: An Adaptive System Kathleen Murray 6. Happier with Dreams: Constructing the Lisbon Girls through Nondiegetic Sound in The Virgin Suicides Stephanie McKnight 7. Universalizing a Nation and the Adaptation of Trainspotting Shelagh Patterson 8. Getting Away with Homage: The Alternative Universes of Ghost World Jonathan Loucks 9. Indexing an Icon: T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom and David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia Alison Patterson 10. Shades of Horror: Fidelity and Genre in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining Jarrell D. Wright 11. Contempt Revisited: Godard at the Margins of Adaptation Rick Warner Afterword: Adaptation as a Philosophical Problem Fredric Jameson

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ISBN: 9780195374667
ISBN-10: 0195374665
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 24th February 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.1  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.47