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The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen

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Deborah Cartmell, Imelda Whelehan, Brian McFarlane, Timothy Corrigan, Judith Buchanan, Douglas Lanier, Linda V. Troost, Martin Halliwell, Peter Brooker, Andrew Davies, Eckart Voigts-Virchow, I. Q. Hunter, Sarah Cardwell, Paul Wells, Annette Davison, Jan Baetens
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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521849623

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  • This Companion offers a multi-disciplinary approach to literature on film and television. Writers are drawn from different backgrounds to consider broad topics, such as the issue of adaptation from novels and plays to the screen, canonical and popular literature, fantasy, genre and adaptations for children. There are also case studies, such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the nineteenth-century novel and modernism, which allow the reader to place adaptations of the work of writers within a wider context. An interview with Andrew Davies, whose work includes Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Bleak House (2005), reveals the practical choices and challenges that face the professional writer and adaptor. The Companion as a whole provides an extensive survey of an increasingly popular field of study.

    • Offers an extensive overview of the field
    • Includes individual case studies, allowing students studying single authors (for example Shakespeare, Jane Austen) to place adaptations of their work within a wider context
    • Combines literature and film studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "endeavors to change readers' notions of film adapatations as inferior to their literary counterparts...Summing up: Recommended."
    -J.C. Tibbetts, University of Kansas, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521849623
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Literature on screen: a synoptic view Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan
    Part I. Theories of Literature on Screen:
    1. Reading film and literature Brian McFarlane
    2. Literature on screen, a history: in the gap Timothy Corrigan
    Part II. History and Contexts:
    3. Gospel narratives on silent film Judith Buchanan
    4. William Shakespeare, filmmaker Douglas Lanier
    5. The nineteenth-century novel on film: Jane Austen Linda V. Troost
    6. Modernism and adaptation Martin Halliwell
    7. Postmodern adaptation: pastiche, intertextuality and re-functioning Peter Brooker
    Part III. Genre, Industry, Taste:
    8. Heritage and literature on screen: Heimat and heritage Eckart Voigts-Virchow
    9. 'Don't let's ask for the moon!': reading and viewing the woman's film Imelda Whelehan
    10. Post-classical fantasy cinema: The Lord of the Rings I. Q. Hunter
    11. Adapting children's literature Deborah Cartmell
    12. Literature on the small screen: television adaptations Sarah Cardwell
    Part IV. Beyond the 'Literary':
    13. Classic literature and animation: all adaptations are equal, but some are more equal than others Paul Wells
    14. High fidelity? Music in screen adaptations Annette Davison
    15. From screen to text: novelisation, the hidden continent Jan Baetens
    16. A practical understanding of literature on screen: two conversations with Andrew Davies Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan.

  • Editors

    Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Deborah Cartmell is Principal Lecturer, Subject Leader of English and Head of the Graduate School at De Montfort University, Leicester.

    Imelda Whelehan, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Imelda Whelehan is Professor in English and Women's Studies and Faculty Head of Research at De Montfort University, Leicester.


    Deborah Cartmell, Imelda Whelehan, Brian McFarlane, Timothy Corrigan, Judith Buchanan, Douglas Lanier, Linda V. Troost, Martin Halliwell, Peter Brooker, Andrew Davies, Eckart Voigts-Virchow, I. Q. Hunter, Sarah Cardwell, Paul Wells, Annette Davison, Jan Baetens

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