1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Global Literary Adaptation in the Twenty-First Century

Edited By Brandon Chua, Elizabeth Ho Copyright 2023
    388 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Global Literary Adaptation in the Twenty-First Century offers new perspectives on contemporary literary adaptation as a dynamically global field.

    Featuring contributions from an international team of established and emerging scholars, this volume considers literary adaptation to be a complex global network of influences, appropriations, and audiences across a diversity of media. It offers site-specific case studies that situate literary adaptation within global market forces while challenging the homogenizing effects of globalization on local literatures and adaptation practices. The collection also provides a multi-disciplinary and transnational discussion around a wide array of topics in literary adaptation in a global context, such as soft power, decolonization, global justice, the posthuman, eco criticism, and forms of activism.

    This Companion provides scholars, researchers, and students with a survey of key methodologies, current debates, and ideologies emerging from a new and exciting phase in literary adaptation.

    Introduction : Global Literary Adaptation in the Twenty-First Century

    Brandon Chua and Elizabeth Ho

    Part I: Beginnings

    1. Transnational Adaptation: 'The Dead,' 'Fools,' The Dead, and Fools

    Liam Kruger

    Part II: Globalization and Transmediality

    2. Videogame Adaptation of Literary Texts and Global Influences: A Case Study of Dracula and the Castlevania Series

    Matthew Crofts

    3. It’s (Still) Alive! Re-imagining Frankenstein on Page and Screen

    Laura Collier and Marina Gerzic

    4. Mashing-up the Bible’s Passion Story: Transmedia Adaptation and User Participation in the Post-Celluloid Era

    Dorothy Wai Sim Lau

    5. The Show that Never Closes: International Adaptations of Opening Night

    David Pellegrini

    6. Transmedia Transpositions: Beyoncé and Rosalía

    Eduardo Barros-Grela and Andrea Patiño de Artaza

    7. Race, Refraction, and Retconning in HBO’s Watchmen

    Christopher Pizzino

    Part III: Global Shakespeares

    8. Playing with Shakespeare in Japan

    Thomas Dabbs, Kyoko Matsuyama, and Rena Endo

    9. Adaptation as Renewal: the Transformative Impact of Hamlet’s Travels in the Global South

    Sandra Young

    10. Lines of Control and Global Social Justice: Shakespearean Adaptation, British Colonial and Contemporary India and the Question of Kashmir

    Julie Sanders

    Psrt IV: Contesting Gender in Global Hollywood

    11. The Rebel Trilogy: Adapted Masculinity in Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil (1999), Hulk (2003), and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

    Jason Coe

    12. Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues and Seder-Masochism: Reading Adaptation as Feminist Critique

    Chinmaya Lal Thakur

    13. Borderlands Adaptation: Staging and Omitting the Memories of Anti-Indigenous Violence in Bless Me, Última (2013) and Arrival (2016)

    Marcela Di Blasi

    14. From America to Italy and France: Queering the Many Lives of The Screaming Mimi

    Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

    Part V: The Global and the National

    15. International Prize Culture and Transnational Adaptation

    Eric Sandberg

    16. Fetishizing Localism and Adapting Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride: From Oral Storytelling to Netflix Production

    Sanghamitra Dalal and David H. J. Neo

    17. Colliding Asias: Crazy Rich Asians as Novel, Film, Adaptation, and Singapore

    Edna Lim

    18. Reconfiguring China: Adaptation, Cultural Prestige, and Soft Power

    Yi Li

    19. Adaptation in the New Turkish Cinema

    M. Mert Orsler and Colleen Kennedy-Karpat

    Part VI: Recuperating the Past for the Global Present

    20. Looking at Adaptation from a Distance: The South Asian Vetala Tales’ Journey Across Time and Space
    Ira Sarma

    21. Adaptation at the Time of Climate Crises: Educating the Audience through Mythical Narratives from the Sundarbans

    A. B. M. Monirul Huq

    22. Possessed Ecologies: Cross-Cultural Ghosts and Transnational Environments in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Snow in Midsummer

    Joanna Mansbridge

    23. De-Colonizing Cloudcuckooland: Re-righting/Re-writing the Blasted Dreamscape of Manifest Destiny in Yvette Nolan’s The Birds

    Phillip Zapkin

    Part VII: Spinoffs

    24. Cultural Criticism and the Graphic Essay: Innervation, Immersion, and Analysis

    Julia Alekseyeva


    Brandon Chua is Assistant Professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong and author of Ravishment of Reason: Governance and the Heroic Idioms of the Late Stuart Stage, 16601690 (2014).

    Elizabeth Ho is Assistant Professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong and author of Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire (2012). She is Editor- in-Chief of ASAP/Journal, the scholarly journal of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.