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Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen

Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen

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R. Barton Palmer, Martin Barker, Roger Sabin, Michael Dunne, Paul Woolf, Stephen Railton, Deborah Cartmell, Judy Simons, David Lavery, Marcia Pentz-Harris, Linda Seger, Jakob Lothe, Douglas McFarland, Harriet Margolis, Janet Hughes, Brian McFarlane, Stephen Brennan, Tony Williams
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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521842211

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  • The process of translating works of literature to the silver screen is a rich field of study for both students and scholars of literature and cinema. The fourteen essays collected in this 2007 volume provide a survey of the important films based on, or inspired by, nineteenth-century American fiction, from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans to Owen Wister's The Virginian. Many of the major works of the American canon are included, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick and Sister Carrie. The starting point of each essay is the literary text itself, moving on to describe specific aspects of the adaptation process, including details of production and reception. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes production stills and full filmographies. Together with its companion volume on twentieth-century fiction, the volume offers a comprehensive account of the rich tradition of American literature on screen.

    • Interdisciplinary essays on the interactions of literature and film
    • Discusses some of the most famous works in the American canon and their adaptations
    • Includes film stills and filmographies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "These provocative, informative, and insightful essays open up new avenues of exploration for scholars and students, and the volume was designed with probable classroom use in mind. The book fills a gap in literary and film studies by demonstrating the role of film in what Palmer terms 'furthering the reach of honored, significant, and popular literary texts.'"
    - Roger W. Smith, Studies in American Naturalism

    In tandem with its companion, Twentieth-Century American Fiction on Screen (2007), this volume explores film adaptation in a format that will be handy for courses based on literary period...This is a fine addition to the literature...Recommended.
    -N. A. Baker, Earlham College, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521842211
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction R. Barton Palmer
    1. A very American fable: the making of a Mohicans adaptation Martin Barker and Roger Sabin
    2. Romancing the letter: screening a Hawthorne classic Michael Dunne
    3. The movies in the rue Morgue: adapting Edgar Allan Poe for the screen Paul Woolf
    4. Re-adapting Uncle Tom's Cabin Stephen Railton
    5. Screening authorship: Little Women on screen 1933–4 Deborah Cartmell and Judy Simons
    6. Screening Melville's Moby-Dick David Lavery
    7. Screening male sentimental power in Ben-Hur Marcia Pentz-Harris, Linda Seger and R. Barton Palmer
    8. John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage Jakob Lothe
    9. Translating Daisy Miller Douglas McFarland
    10. Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady Harriet Margolis and Janet Hughes
    11. The Europeans - and the Americans Brian McFarlane
    12. Sister Carrie becomes Carrie Stephen Brennan
    13. Hollywood and The Sea Wolf Tony Williams
    14. Screening Owen Wister's The Virginian R. Barton Palmer

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Film and Literature
    • Philosophy of Literaturre
  • Editor

    R. Barton Palmer, Clemson University, South Carolina
    R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of English at Clemson University, South Carolina.


    R. Barton Palmer, Martin Barker, Roger Sabin, Michael Dunne, Paul Woolf, Stephen Railton, Deborah Cartmell, Judy Simons, David Lavery, Marcia Pentz-Harris, Linda Seger, Jakob Lothe, Douglas McFarland, Harriet Margolis, Janet Hughes, Brian McFarlane, Stephen Brennan, Tony Williams

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