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2nd Edition

A Theory of Adaptation

ISBN 9780415539388
Published August 27, 2012 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

A Theory of Adaptation explores the continuous development of creative adaptation, and argues that the practice of adapting is central to the story-telling imagination. Linda Hutcheon develops a theory of adaptation through a range of media, from film and opera, to video games, pop music and theme parks, analysing the breadth, scope and creative possibilities within each.

This new edition is supplemented by a new preface from the author, discussing both new adaptive forms/platforms and recent critical developments in the study of adaptation.  It also features an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O’Flynn, focusing on adaptation in the context of digital media. She considers the impact of transmedia practices and properties on the form and practice of adaptation, as well as studying the extension of game narrative across media platforms, fan-based adaptation (from Twitter and Facebook to home movies), and the adaptation of books to digital formats.

A Theory of Adaptation is the ideal guide to this ever evolving field of study and is essential reading for anyone interested in adaptation in the context of literary and media studies.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1st Edition  Preface to the Revised Edition  Chapter 1 Beginning to Theorize Adaptation What? Who? Why? How? Where? When?  Familiarity and Contempt  Treating Adaptations as Adaptations  Exactly What Gets Adapted? How?  Double Vision: Defining  Adaptation Adaptation as Product: Announced, Extensive,  Specific Transcoding  Adaptation as Process  Modes of Engagement  Framing Adaptation  Chapter 2 What? (Forms)  Medium Specificity Revisited  Telling – Showing  Showing – Showing  Interacting - -Telling or Showing  Cliché #1  Cliché #2  Cliché #3  Cliché #4  Learning from Practice  Chapter 3 Who? Why? (Adapters)  Who Is the Adapter?  Why Adapt?  The Economic Lures  The Legal Constraints  Cultural Capital  Personal and Political Motives  Learning from Practice  Intentionality in Adaptations  Chapter 4 How? (Audiences)  The Pleasures of Adaptation  Knowing and Unknowing Audiences  Modes of Engagement Revisited  Kinds and Degrees of Immersion  Chapter 5 Where? When? (Contexts)  The Vastness of Context  Transcultural Adaptation  Indigenization  Learning from Practice  Why Carmen?  The Carmen Story—and Stereotype  Indigenizing Carmen  Chapter 6 Final Questions  What Is Not an Adaptation?  What Is the Appeal of Adaptations?  Epilogue by Siobhan O’Flynn

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Linda Hutcheon is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Siobhan O’Flynn is Senior Lecturer in the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto, Canada and Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the OCADU/CFC Media Lab Digital Futures Masters Program.