1st Edition

Adaptation and Beyond Hybrid Transtextualities

Edited By Eva C. Karpinski, Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak Copyright 2023
    226 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary collection focuses on recent adaptations, both experimental and popular, that put hybridity, transtextuality, and transmediality at play. It reframes adaptation in terms of the transmedia concept of "world-building," which accurately captures the complexity and multidirectionality of contemporary scattered and ubiquitous practices of adaptation.

    The editors argue that the process of moving stories or their elements across different media platforms and repurposing them for new uses results in the production of hybrid transtextualities. The book demonstrates how hybrid textualities augment narrative and literary forms as goals of their world-building, finding unexpected sites of cross-pollination, expansion, and appropriation in spoken-word and dance performance, (auto)biographical comics, advertising, Chinese Kun opera, and popular song lyrics. This yoking of hybridity and transmediality yields not only diversified and often commercialized aesthetic forms but also enables the emergence a unique cultural space in-between, a mezzaterra capable of addressing current political issues and mobilizing broader audiences


    Hybrid Zones of Transtextual World-Building: Towards the Mezzaterra of Adaptation

    Eva C. Karpinski and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

    Part I: Aesthetics and/as Politics in Hybrid Transtextual Adaptation

    Chapter 1

    Macbeth, Macbeth: Beyond Adaptation, Towards Creative Critical Writing

    Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

    Chapter 2

    Joycean Biographics as Hybrid Transmedia Adaptations: World-Building through Biographical Comics

    Eva C. Karpinski

    Chapter 3

    Lost at Sea: Caroline Bergvall's Mapping of Early Medieval and Contemporary Maritime Migration

    Julia Boll

    Part II: Repurposing "Classics"

    Chapter 4

    Appropriating Biography: The Hybrid ‘Face’ of Shakespeare in Branagh’s All is True

    Jacek Fabiszak

    Chapter 5

    Advertising as Adaptation: The Case of Romeo and Juliet

    Roberta Zanoni

    Chapter 6

    Re-Activating the Revenge Drama in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Jacqueline Petropoulos

    Part III: East-West Adaptation Flows

    Chapter 7

    ‘Cobra Kai never dies’: Rebooting The Karate Kid Franchise for a 21st-century YouTube and Netflix Audience

    Agnieszka Rasmus

    Chapter 8

    Hybrid Transtextualities: Triangulating Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavilion, Traditional Chinese Kunqu Theatre, and Stan Lai’s Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden

    Huimin Wang

    Chapter 9

    Medial Transposition and Imitation in The Handmaiden

    Davide Burgio

    Chapter 10

    Transmedial Melodies: Music in Salman Rushdie’s Novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet

    Simona Oliva




    Eva C. Karpinski is Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches feminist theory, life writing, and translation studies. She has published over 40 articles and book chapters. She is the author of Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration, and Translation and co-author of Life Writing Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas and, most recently, Translation, Semiotics, and Feminism: Selected Writings of Barbara Godard (Routledge 2022). She is Associate Editor of the journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

    Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak is Professor of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland, where she teaches English literature and cultural and adaptation studies. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Controversy Over Baroque, Visual Seen and Unseen: Insights into Tom Stoppard’s Art, From Concept-City to City Experience: A Study in Urban Drama (2013). She guest co-edited (with Jacek Fabiszak) a special issue of Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance (vol. 14, no. 1, 2021) and has been editor-in-chief of Anglica Wratislaviensia (Poland) since 2013.