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

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ISBN 9780367481704
February 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
408 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Brandon Chua and Elizabeth Ho

Section 1: Beginnings

Ch. 1. Transnational Adaptation: "The Dead," "Fools," The Dead, & Fools

Liam Kruger

Section 2: Globalization and Transmediality

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

Matthew Crofts

Ch. 3. It’s (still) alive! Re-imagining Frankenstein on page and screen

Laura Collier and Marina Gerzic

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

Dorothy Wai Sim Lau

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

David Pellegrini

Ch. 6. Transmedia Transpositions: Beyoncé and Rosalía

Eduardo Barros-Grela and Andrea Patiño de Artaza

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

Christopher Pizzino

Section 3: Global Shakespeares

Ch. 8. Playing with Shakespeare in Japan

Thomas Dabbs and Kyoko Matsuyama and Rena Endo

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

Sandra Young

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

Julie Sanders

Section 4: Contesting Gender in Global Hollywood

Ch. 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

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

Chinmaya Lal Thakur

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

Marcela Di Blasi

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

Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

Section 5: The global and the national

Ch. 15. International Prize Culture and Transnational Adaptation

Eric Sandberg

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

Sanghamitra Dalal and David H.J. Neo

Ch. 17. Colliding Asias: Crazy Rich Asians as novel, film, adaptation, and Singapore

Edna Lim

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

Yi Li

Ch. 19. Adaptation in the New Turkish Cinema

M. Mert Orsler and Colleen Kennedy-Karpat


Section 6: Recuperating the Past for the Global Present

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

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

A.B.M. Monirul Huq

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

Joanna Mansbridge

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

Phillip Zapkin

Section 7: Spinoffs

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

Julia Alekseyeva


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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 (Bucknell UP, 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 (Bloomsbury, 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.