1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Adaptation

Edited By Dennis Cutchins, Katja Krebs, Eckart Voigts Copyright 2018
    422 Pages
    by Routledge

    422 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Adaptation offers a broad range of scholarship from this growing, interdisciplinary field. With a basis in source-oriented studies, such as novel-to-stage and stage-to-film adaptations, this volume also seeks to highlight the new and innovative aspects of adaptation studies, ranging from theatre and dance to radio, television and new media. It is divided into five sections:

    • Mapping, which presents a variety of perspectives on the scope and development of adaptation studies;
    • Historiography, which investigates the ways in which adaptation engages with – and disrupts – history;
    • Identity, which considers texts and practices in adaptation as sites of multiple and fluid identity formations;
    • Reception, which examines the role played by an audience, considering the unpredictable relationships between adaptations and those who experience them;
    • Technology, which focuses on the effects of ongoing technological advances and shifts on specific adaptations, and on the wider field of adaptation.

    An emphasis on adaptation-as-practice establishes methods of investigation that move beyond a purely comparative case study model. The Routledge Companion to Adaptation celebrates the complexity and diversity of adaptation studies, mapping the field across genres and disciplines.

    Dennis Cutchins Introduction

    Section 1 – Mapping the Field

    Katja Krebs - Introduction

    1.1 Sarah Cardwell - Pause, rewind, replay: adaptation, intertextuality and (re)defining adaptation studies

    1.2 Kamilla Elliott - The Theory of BADaptation

    1.3 Rainer Emig - Adaptation and the Concept of the Original

    1.4 Patrick Cattrysse - An Evolutionary view of cultural adaptation: some considerations

    Section 2 – Historiography

    Katja Krebs - Introduction

    2.1 Gregory Semenza - Towards a Historical Turn: Adaptation Studies and the Challenges of History

    2.2 Thomas Leitch - Not Just the Facts: Adaptation, Illustration, and History

    2.3 Robert Geal - Dialogism’s radical texts and the death of the radical vanguard critic

    2.4 Kyle Meikle - Adaptation and the Media

    2.5 Elaine Indrusiak & Ana Iris Ramgrab - Literary Biopics: Adaptation as historiographic metafiction

    2.6 Ricardo Fassone - Notoriously Bad: early film-to-video game adaptations (1982-1994)

    2.7 Johan Callens - Rosas: Appropriation as Afterlife

    2.8 Lisette Lopez Szwydky - Adaptations, Culture-Texts and the Literary Canon: on the making of nineteenth-century classics

    Section 3 – Identity

    Eckart Voigts - Introduction

    3.1 Pamela Demory - Queer Adaptation

    3.2 Shannon Brownlee - Fidelity, Medium Specificity, (In)determinacy: Identities that Matter

    3.3 Josh Sabey & Keith Lawrence - The Critic as Adapter

    3.4 Glenn Jellenik - Adaptations Originality Problem: Grappling with the thorny issue what constitutes originality

    3.5 Carol Poole & Ruxandra Trandafoiu - Migration, Symbolic Geography and Contrapuntal Identities: When Death comes to Pemberley

    3.6 Katja Krebs - Adapting Identities – Performing the Self

    3.7 Claire McCarthy - Adaptations Down Under: reading national identity through the lens of adaptation

    3.8 Brian McFarlane - Adaptation and the Australian Film Revival

    Section 4 – Reception

    Dennis Cutchins - Introduction

    4.1 Amanda Ruud - Embodying Change: Adaptation, the Senses, and Media Revolution

    4.2 Bradley Stephens - Great Voices Speak Alike: Orson Welles’s Radio Adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérable

    4.3 Suzanne Speidel - Lux Presents Hollywood: films on the radio during the ‘golden age’ of broadcasting

    4.4 Yvonne Griggs - Reconfiguring the Nordic Noir Brand: Nordic Noir TV Crime Drama as Remake

    4.5 Anna Blackwell - Tweeting from the Grave: Shakespeare, Adaptation, and Social Media

    4.6 Dennis Cutchins & Katy Meeks - Adaptation, Fidelity and Reception

    Section 5 – Technology

    Eckart Voigts - Introduction

    5.1 Joyce Goggin - Adaptation from the Temporal to the Spatial: Materialising Dicken’s Imaginings

    5.2 André Gaudreault & Philippe Marion - An Art of Borrowing: The Intermedial Sources of Adaptation

    5.3 Bernadette Cochrane - Blurring the Lines: adaptation, transmediality, intermediality, and screened performance

    5.4 Julie Grossman - Sidewalk Stories: resounding silent film

    5.5 Malcolm Cook & Max Sexton - Adaptation as a Function of Technology and its Role in the Definition of Medium Specificity

    5.6 Richard Hand - Sound-Stories: Audio Drama and Adaptation

    5.7 Dawn Stobbart - Adaptation and New Media: Establishing the Video Game as an Adaptive Medium

    5.8 Eckart Voigts - Memes, GIFs, and Remix Culture: Compact Appropriation in Every Day Digital Life


    Dennis Cutchins is an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University, USA.

    Katja Krebs is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

    Eckart Voigts is Professor of English Literature at TU Braunschweig, Germany.

    2020 Choice Outstanding Academic Title award