Literature, Film, and Their Hideous Progeny

Literature, Film, and Their Hideous Progeny

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This book appropriates Mary Shelley's metaphor for her book Frankenstein, 'hideous progeny, ' for adaptation studies. Like the Creature made and then rejected because of its perceived misshapenness, adaptations are often reviled because they offer new perspectives on treasured works of art. Instead of seeing adaptations as looking back to previous works they are re-visioning, we might more usefully conceive of adaptations as looking forward, as they stretch familiar texts into new forms with new cultural resonances. Analyses range from exploration of adaptations of canonic works, such as the Odyssey, Frankenstein and Heart of Darkness, to musical theater, immersive theater, avant-garde film (Christian Marclay's The Clock) and drama (Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, the post-apocalyptic 'adaptation' of Cape Fear and an episode of The Simpsons). Each chapter stages conversations among multiple texts, modeling for readers, viewers, and audiences the exhilarating role adaptation can play in critical inquiry and cultural production.With their accent on an elastextity that may not be tied to the explicit intentions of the adapters, a€œquiet adaptationsa€ ... Haynesa#39;s films are often described as being in dialogue with other visual texts and cultural productions (for example theanbsp;...

Title:Literature, Film, and Their Hideous Progeny
Author: Julie Grossman
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-09-23

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