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Television and Serial Adaptation

1st Edition

By Shannon Wells-Lassagne


220 pages

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As American television continues to garner considerable esteem, rivalling the seventh art in its "cinematic" aesthetics and the complexity of its narratives, one aspect of its development has been relatively unexamined. While film has long acknowledged its tendency to adapt, an ability that contributed to its status as narrative art (capable of translating canonical texts onto the screen), television adaptations have seemingly been relegated to the miniseries or classic serial. From remakes and reboots to transmedia storytelling, loose adaptations or adaptations which last but a single episode, the recycling of pre-existing narrative is a practice that is just as common in television as in film, and this text seeks to rectify that oversight, examining series from M*A*S*H to Game of Thrones, Pride and Prejudice to Castle.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Building Blocks

1. Defining Terms

2. Beginning, Middle and End: Structure and Seriality in Television Adaptation

Part 2: Home Entertainment

3. Familiarity and Novelty: Television Microadaptations

4. Crossing Over: Television Adaptation, Between Universality and Specificity

5. Origin and Intention: Authorship in Television Adaptation

Part 3: Broadcasting…

6. Here and There and Back Again: TV’s Influence on Popular Fiction


About the Author

Shannon Wells-Lassagne is Senior Lecturer at the University of Burgundy-Franche Comté in Dijon, France

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies