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Adaptation and Appropriation

2nd Edition

By Julie Sanders


240 pages

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From the apparently simple adaptation of a text into film, theatre or a new literary work, to the more complex appropriation of style or meaning, it is arguable that all texts are somehow connected to a network of existing texts and art forms. In this new edition Adaptation and Appropriation explores:

  • multiple definitions and practices of adaptation and appropriation
  • the cultural and aesthetic politics behind the impulse to adapt
  • the global and local dimensions of adaptation
  • the impact of new digital technologies on ideas of making, originality and customization
  • diverse ways in which contemporary literature, theatre, television and film adapt, revise and reimagine other works of art
  • the impact on adaptation and appropriation of theoretical movements, including structuralism, post-structuralism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, feminism and gender studies
  • the appropriation across time and across cultures of specific canonical texts, by Shakespeare, Dickens, and others, but also of literary archetypes such as myth or fairy tale.

Ranging across genres and harnessing concepts from fields as diverse as musicology and the natural sciences, this volume brings clarity to the complex debates around adaptation and appropriation, offering a much-needed resource for those studying literature, film, media or culture.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Going On (and on) Part 1: Defining Terms 1. What is adaptation? 2. What is appropriation? Part 2: Literary Archetypes 3. ‘Here’s a strange alteration’: Shakespearean appropriations 4. ‘It’s a very old story’: myth and metamorphosis 5. ‘Other versions’ of fairy tale and folklore Part 3: Alternative Perspectives 6. Constructing alternative points of view 7. ‘We "Other Victorians": or, rethinking the nineteenth century 8. Stretching history; or, appropriating the facts 9. Customized narratives: copying and the work of art in the age of reproducibility Afterword: Different versions Glossary Bibliography Index

About the Author/Editor

Julie Sanders is Professor of English and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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