Pockets of Change Adaptation and Cultural Transition

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-29
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The twelve essays collected in Pockets of Change locate adaptation within a framework of two overlapping, if not simultaneous, creative processes: on the one hand, adaptation is to be understood as an acknowledged transposition of an existing source-that is, the process of adapting from; on the other hand, adaption is also a process of purposeful shifting and evolving of creative practices in response to external factors, including but not limited to other creative works-in other words, the process of adapting to. This book explores adaptation, then, as an active practice of repetition and as a reactive process of development or evolution. The essays also extend beyond the production, transformation, and interpretation of texts to interrogate the values and practices at work in cultural transition and transformation during periods of social and historical change. Collectively, the papers theorize adaptation by taking on three tasks: first, to examine the conditions under which the two processes of adaptation operate; second, to give an account of the space and moment in which the processes unfold (the "pockets" of the title); and finally, to examine what emerges from pockets of adaptation. While adapting from and adapting to are both processes that appear to preclude innovation in the way that they acknowledge and depend on external sources, Pockets of Change demonstrates that adaptation is productive. It not only references prior texts, attitudes, practices and media, but it also invites us to re-visit the past and to re-think the present in new ways, potentially giving narrative space to muted or occluded voices. This book therefore brings together an innovative and varied range of approaches to, interpretations and uses of adaptation, challenging the assumption that an adaptation is simply either a "re-make" or the act of turning one medium into another. Adaptation, then, names not only the means by which texts are transformed, but also the space in which that transformation takes place. T

Author Biography

Tricia Hopton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland. Adam Atkinson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland. Jane Stadler is a senior lecturer in film and media studies, University of Queensland. Peta Mitchell is a lecturer at the University of Queensland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Permissionsp. vii
Preface: Dynamic Repairs: The Emerging Landscape of Adaptation Studiesp. ix
Introduction: Evolving the Field: Adaptation Studies in Transitionp. xv
Haunted Space: Adapting Dante's Inferno for Contemporary Performancep. 1
Adapting Verbatim Theater: David Hare's Stuff Happensp. 15
Cross-Cultural Adaptation and the Transition toward Reconciliation in Australian Film and Literature: Deadly Unna? and Australian Rulesp. 29
ôEnraptured with every scent and flavour of the Eastö? Mira Nair's Vanity Fair as a Contrapuntal Film Adaptationp. 43
Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Indian English Poetryp. 57
Young Writer, ôYoung Countryö: Katherine Mansfield's Ambivalence toward Colonial New Zealandp. 71
Imagined Villages and Knowable Communities: Work and the Pastoral in Thomas Hardy's Poetryp. 81
Authentic Traditions on Show?p. 95
A Pocket of Change in Post-War Australia: Confectionery and the End of Childhoodp. 109
ôDelighted Staresö: Keats's Mediated Readingp. 123
ôHuman Cylindersö: Mina Loy and the Technological Agep. 133
Between the Painting and the Novel: Ekphrasis and Witnessing in Pat Barker's Double Visionp. 145
Works Citedp. 159
Indexp. 173
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 177
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