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Literature Through Film. Realism, Magic, and the Art of Adaptation. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2246292
  • Book
  • September 2004
  • 408 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This lively and accessible textbook, written by an expert in film studies, provides a fascinating introduction to the process and art of literature-to-film adaptations.
  • Provides a lively, rigorous, and clearly written account of key moments in the history of the novel from Don Quixote and Robinson Crusoe up to Lolita and One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Includes diversity of topics and titles, such as Fielding, Nabokov, and Cervantes in adaptations by Welles, Kubrick, and the French New Wave
  • Emphasizes both the literary texts themselves and their varied transtextual film adaptations
  • Examines numerous literary trends – from the self-conscious novel to magic realism – before exploring the cinematic impact of the movement
  • Reinvigorates the field of adaptation studies by examining it through the grid of contemporary theory
  • Brings novels and film adaptations into the age of multiculturalism, postcoloniality, and the Internet by reflecting on their contemporary relevance.
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1. A Cervantic Prelude: From Don Quixote to Postmodernism.

2. Colonial and Postcolonial Classics: From Robinson Crusoe to Survivor.

3. The Self-Conscious Novel: From Henry Fielding to David Eggers.

4. The Proto-cinematic Novel: Metamorphoses of Madame Bovary.

5. Underground Man and Neurotic Narrators: From Dostoevsky to Nabakov.

6. Modernism, Adaptation, and the French New Wave.

7. Full Circle: From Cervantes to Magic Realism.


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Robert Stam New York University.
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