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Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation



Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation

Robert Stam (Editor), Alessandra Raengo (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-23054-0 October 2004 Wiley-Blackwell 376 Pages


Literature and Film is a cornucopia of vibrant essays that chart the history and confluence of literature and film. It explores in detail a wide and international spectrum of novels and adaptations, bringing together the very latest scholarship in the field.
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Notes on Contributors.



Introductory Essay: The Theory and Practice of Adaptation: Robert Stam.

1. Improvements and Reparations at Mansfield Park: Tim Watson (Princeton University).

2. Keeping the Carcass in Motion: Adaptation and Transmutations of the National in The Last of the Mohicans: Jacquelyn Kilpatrick (California State University, Channel Islands).

3. The Discreet Charm of the Leisure Class: Terence Davies's The House of Mirth: Richard Porton (Cineaste magazine).

4. In Search of Adaptation: Proust and Film: Melissa Anderson (CUNY Graduate Center).

5. The Grapes of Wrath: Thematic Emphasis through Visual Style: Vivian C. Sobchack (UCLA).

6. Cape Fear and Trembling: Familial Dread: Kirsten Thompson (Wayne State University).

7. The Carnival of Repression: German Left Wing Politics and The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum: Alexandra Seibel (New York University).

8. Serial Time: Bluebeard in Stepford: Bliss Cua Lim (University of California, Irvine).

9. Boyz ‘N the Hood Chronotope: Spike Lee, Richard Price, and the Changing Authorship of Clockers: Paula J. Massood (Brooklyn College, CUNY).

10. Defusing The English Patient: Patrick Deer (New York University).

11. Carnivals and Goldfish: History and Crisis in The Butcher Boy: Jessica Scarlata (New York University).

12. Mild Revisionism, Failed Revolts: Esquivel's and Arau's Like Water for Chocolate, A Retrospective View: Dianna C. Niebylski (University of Kentucky).

13. Beloved: The Adaptation of an American Slave Narrative: Mia Mask (New York University).

14. Oral Traditions, Literature and Cinema in Africa: Mbye Cham (Howard University).

15. Memory and History in the Politics of Adaptation: Revisiting the Partition of India in Tamas: Ranjani Mazundar (Jamia Millia Islamia).

16. The Written Scene: Writers as Figures of Cinematic Redemption: Paul Arthur (Montclair State University).


“Stam and Raengo's Literature and Film offers a wonderful collection of approaches to the multifaceted and sometimes contradictory relationship between the written word and the filmic image, bringing into the discussion a refreshing series of examples drawn from international and minority cinemas.”

Richard Pea, Columbia University

  • Brings together the very latest scholarship in the field of literature and film studies, written by leading international experts.
  • Explores in detail a wide spectrum of novels and adaptations, from established classics (The Grapes of Wrath, The Last of the Mohicans ) to genre works (Dracula, Cape Fear) to contemporary classics (The English Patient, Beloved).
  • Analyses individual films as well larger themes.