A Theory of Adaptation

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-08-27
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A Theory of Adaptationexplores the continuous development of creative adaptation, and argues that the practice of adapting is central to the story-telling imagination. Linda Hutcheon develops a theory of adaptation through a range of media, from film and opera, to video games, pop music and theme parks, analysing the breadth, scope and creative possibilities within each. This new edition is supplemented by a new preface from the author, discussing both new adaptive forms/platforms and recent critical developments in the study of adaptation. It also features an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O'Flynn, focusing on adaptation in the context of digital media. She considers the impact of transmedia practices and properties on the form and practice of adaptation, as well as studying the extension of game narrative across media platforms, fan-based adaptation (from Twitter and Facebook to home movies), and the adaptation of books to digital formats. A Theory of Adaptationis the ideal guide to this ever evolving field of study and is essential reading for anyone interested in adaptation in the context of literary and media studies.

Author Biography

Linda Hutcheon is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English, and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada. Siobhan O'flynn is Senior Lecturer in the Canadian Studies of Toronto, Canada, and Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the OCADU/CFC Media Lab Digital Futures Masters Program at the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
Preface to the first editionp. xiii
Preface to the second editionp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxix
Beginning to Theorize Adaptation: What? Who? Why? How? Where? When?p. 1
Familiarity and Contemptp. 2
Treating Adaptations as Adaptationsp. 6
Exactly What Gets Adapted? How?p. 9
Double Vision: Defining Adaptationp. 15
Adaptation as Product Announced, Extensive, Specific Transcodingp. 16
Adaptation as Processp. 18
Modes of Engagementp. 22
Framing Adaptationp. 27
What? (Forms)p. 33
Medium Specificity Revisitedp. 33
Telling ←→ Showingp. 38
Showing ←→ Showingp. 46
Interacting ←→ Telling or Showingp. 50
Cliché #1p. 52
Cliché #2p. 56
Cliché #3p. 63
Cliché #4p. 68
Learning from Practicep. 72
Who? Why? (Adapters)p. 79
Who is the Adapter?p. 80
Why Adapt?p. 85
The Economic Luresp. 86
The Legal Constraintsp. 88
Cultural Capitalp. 91
Personal and Political Motivesp. 92
Learning from Practicep. 95
Intentionality in Adaptationsp. 105
How? (Audiences)p. 113
The pleasures of Adaptationp. 114
Knowing and Unknowing Audiencesp. 120
Modes of Engagement Revisitedp. 128
Kinds and Degrees of Immersionp. 133
Where? When? (Contexts)p. 141
The Vastness of Contextp. 142
Transcultural Adaptationp. 145
Indenizationp. 148
Learning from Practicep. 153
Why Carmen?p. 153
The Carmen Story-and Stereotypep. 154
Indigenizing Carmenp. 158
Final Questionsp. 169
What Is Not an Adaptation?p. 170
What Is the Appeal of Adaptations?p. 172
Epiloguep. 179
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 239
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