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Postmodern Literature and Cinema in the USA

By: Gordon E. Slethaug

Published: 06-19-2014
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 288
ISBN: 9781623560287
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Illustrations: 12 bw illus
Dimensions: 6" x 9"

Traditional critics of film adaptation generally assumed a) that the written text is better than
the film adaptation because the plot is more intricate and the language richer when
pictorial images do not intrude; b) that films are better when particularly faithful to the
original; c) that authors do not make good script writers and should not sully their
imagination by writing film scripts; d) and often that American films lack the complexity of
authored texts because they are sourced out of Hollywood. The 'faithfulness' view has by
and large disappeared, and intertextuality is now a generally received notion, but the field
still lacks studies with a postmodern methodology and lens.Exploring Hollywood feature
films as well as small studio productions, Adaptation Theory and Criticism explores the
intertextuality of a dozen films through a series of case studies introduced through
discussions of postmodern methodology and practice. Providing the reader with
informative background on theories of film adaptation as well as carefully articulated
postmodern methodology and issues, Gordon Slethaug includes several case studies of
major Hollywood productions and small studio films, some of which have been discussed
before (Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, and Do the Right Thing) and some that
have received lesser consideration (Six Degrees of Separation, Smoke, Smoke Signals,
Broken Flowers, and various Snow White narratives including Enchanted, Mirror Mirror,
and Snow White and the Huntsman). Useful for both film and literary studies students,
Adaptation Theory and Criticism cogently combines the existing scholarship and uses
previous theories to engage readers to think about the current state of American literature
and film.

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