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FROM FIDELITY TO HISTORY

Film Adaptations as Cultural Events in the Twentieth Century

Anne-Marie Scholz

230 pages, 26 figures & 3 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-731-8 $90.00/£55.00 Hb Published (April 2013)

eISBN 978-0-85745-732-5 eBook $90.00/£55.00 Published


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I am very impressed with the author’s research and writing skills. The book is well organized and presented to the reader… By using a series of select case studies of film adaptation and reception, she demonstrates that texts dealing with gender issues, with personal identity, war, and the division of Europe into Western and Eastern blocs provided a focal point for fierce critical debate over the nature of political and civic values.  ·  Lary May, University of Minnesota

Scholarly approaches to the relationship between literature and film, ranging from the traditional focus upon fidelity to more recent issues of intertextuality, all contain a significant blind spot: a lack of theoretical and methodological attention to adaptation as an historical and transnational phenomenon. This book argues for a historically informed approach to American popular culture that reconfigures the classically defined adaptation phenomenon as a form of transnational reception. Focusing on several case studies— including the films Sense and Sensibility (1995) and The Portrait of a Lady (1997), and the classics The Third Man (1949) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)—the author demonstrates the ways adapted literary works function as social and cultural events in history and how these become important sites of cultural negotiation and struggle.

Anne-Marie Scholz holds a teaching affiliation with the University of Bremen, Germany and is currently an Adjunct Professor of American Studies at the University of Konstanz. She is also a freelance language teacher and translator. She has published in The European Journal of American Studies, Film and History, Amerikastudien/American Studies, and German History and has taught at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg, Tübingen, Bremen, and the University of California, Irvine.

Series: Volume 3, Transatlantic Perspectives


LC: PN1997.85.S37 2012

BISAC: PER004000 PERFORMING ARTS/Film & Video/General; HIS000000 HISTORY/General; HIS054000 HISTORY/Social History

BIC: APFA Film theory & criticism; HBTZ1 The Holocaust



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

Introduction: Adaptation as Reception: How Film Historians Can Contribute to the ‘Literature to Film’ Debates

Part I: Post Cold War Readings of the Receptions of Anglo-American Hollywood Adaptations in Cold War West Germany: 1950-1963

Chapter 1. “Eine Revolution des Films”: The Third Man (1949), The Cold War, and Alternatives to Nationalism and ‘Coca-colonization’ in Europe
Chapter 2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Revisited: Combat Cinema, American Culture and the German Past
Chapter 3. “Josef K von 1963”: Orson Welles’ ‘Americanized’ Version of the The Trial and the Changing Functions of the ‘Kafkaesque’ in Cold War West Germany

Part II: Postfeminist Relations between ‘Classic’ Texts and Hollywood Film Adaptations in the United States in the 1990s: Introduction

Chapter 4. “Jane-Mania”: The Jane Austen Film Boom in the 1990s
Chapter 5. Thelma and Sense and Louise and Sensibility: Challenging Dichotomies in Women’s History Through Film and Literature
Chapter 6. “Jamesian Proportions”: The Henry James Film Boom in the 1990s

Conclusion: A Case for the ‘Case Study’: The Future of Adaptation Studies as a Branch of Transnational Film History

Appendix I: Mediating Apparent and Latent Content (Tables 1 & 2)
Appendix II: Model of Adaptation as a Process of Reception

Archival Collections Consulted
Filmography
Primary Literary Works
Selected Bibliography
Index

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