A Theory of Adaptation

  • Filename: a-theory-of-adaptation.
  • ISBN: 9781135267766
  • Release Date: 2006-06-13
  • Number of pages: 232
  • Author: Linda Hutcheon
  • Publisher: Routledge



Renowned literary scholar Linda Hutcheon explores the ubiquity of adaptations in all their various media incarnations and challenges their constant critical denigration. Adaptation, Hutcheon argues, has always been a central mode of the story-telling imagination and deserves to be studied in all its breadth and range as both a process (of creation and reception) and a product unto its own. Persuasive and illuminating, A Theory of Adaptation is a bold rethinking of how adaptation works across all media and genres that may put an end to the age-old question of whether the book was better than the movie, or the opera, or the theme park.

A Theory of Adaptation

  • Filename: a-theory-of-adaptation.
  • ISBN: 9781136210921
  • Release Date: 2012-08-21
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Linda Hutcheon
  • Publisher: Routledge



A Theory of Adaptation explores 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 Adaptation is 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.

Novel to Film

  • Filename: novel-to-film.
  • ISBN: 0198711506
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 279
  • Author: Brian McFarlane
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand



First systematic theoretical study of the process in which works of literature are transformed into the medium of cinema. Draws on recent literary and cinema theory.

Children Adapt

  • Filename: children-adapt.
  • ISBN: 1556421877
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Number of pages: 295
  • Author: Elnora M. Gilfoyle
  • Publisher: SLACK Incorporated



Children Adapt provides a developmental approach to pediatric rehabilitation and a theoretical framework for the evaluation and treatment of children. This extensive revision of the successful first edition now includes stated learning objectives, self-study questions and identification of key points, allowing the book to be used more effectively as a student textbook as well as a practitioner's reference. New material has been added to reflect the most up-to-date trends in the field of pediatric development, creating an innovative, insightful learning tool. Highlights of this revised edition include: An overview of the rudiments of theory building. New material discussing application of theory to pediatric rehabilitation. Explicit discussions of occupational performance skills. A comprehensive glossary of terms.

Adaptation Theory and Criticism

  • Filename: adaptation-theory-and-criticism.
  • ISBN: 9781623562014
  • Release Date: 2014-06-19
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Gordon E. Slethaug
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA



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.

Adaptation and Appropriation

  • Filename: adaptation-and-appropriation.
  • ISBN: 9781134384969
  • Release Date: 2007-05-07
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Julie Sanders
  • Publisher: Routledge



From the apparently simple adaptation of a text into film, theatre or a new literary work, to the more complex appropriation of style or meaning, it is arguable that all texts are somehow connected to a network of existing texts and art forms. Adaptation and Appropriation explores: multiple definitions and practices of adaptation and appropriation the cultural and aesthetic politics behind the impulse to adapt diverse ways in which contemporary literature and film adapt, revise and reimagine other works of art the impact on adaptation and appropriation of theoretical movements, including structuralism, post-structuralism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, feminism and gender studies the appropriation across time and across cultures of specific canonical texts, but also of literary archetypes such as myth or fairy tale. Ranging across genres and harnessing concepts from fields as diverse as musicology and the natural sciences, this volume brings clarity to the complex debates around adaptation and appropriation, offering a much-needed resource for those studying literature, film or culture.

Adaptation and Natural Selection

  • Filename: adaptation-and-natural-selection.
  • ISBN: 1400820103
  • Release Date: 2008-09-02
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: George Christopher Williams
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

Film Adaptation and Its Discontents

  • Filename: film-adaptation-and-its-discontents.
  • ISBN: 0801885655
  • Release Date: 2007-05-11
  • Number of pages: 354
  • Author: Thomas Leitch
  • Publisher: JHU Press



From silent Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to The Lord of the Rings, Thomas Leitch examines the relation between films and their literary sources and the wide array of problems posed by the process of adaptation.

Adaptation Studies

  • Filename: adaptation-studies.
  • ISBN: 9781441192660
  • Release Date: 2013-07-11
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Jorgen Bruhn
  • Publisher: A&C Black



With case study examples across a range of media, this book brings together leading international scholars to explore new directions in adaptation studies.

Adaptation to Life

  • Filename: adaptation-to-life.
  • ISBN: 9780674072152
  • Release Date: 2012-08-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: George E. Vaillant
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



Between 1939 and 1942, one of America's leading universities recruited 268 of its healthiest and most promising undergraduates to participate in a revolutionary new study of the human life cycle. George Vaillant, director of this study, took the measure of the Grant Study men. The result was the compelling, provocative classic, Adaptation to Life, which poses fundamental questions about the individual differences in confronting life's stresses.

Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation

  • Filename: shakespeare-and-the-problem-of-adaptation.
  • ISBN: 9780415308670
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Margaret Jane Kidnie
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis



'Kidnie's study presents original, sophisticated, and profoundly intelligent answers to important questions.' - Lukas Erne, University of Geneva 'This is a fine and productive book, one that will surely draw significant attention and commentary well beyond the precincts of Shakespeare studies.' - W.B. Worthen, Columbia University Shakespeare's plays continue to be circulated on a massive scale in a variety of guises – as editions, performances, and adaptations – and it is by means of such mediation that we come to know his drama. Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation addresses fundamental questions about this process of mediation, making use of the fraught category of adaptation to explore how we currently understand the Shakespearean work. To adapt implies there exists something to alter, but what constitutes the category of the 'play', and how does it relate to adaptation? How do 'play' and 'adaptation' relate to drama's twin media, text and performance? What impact might answers to these questions have on current editorial, performance, and adaptation studies? Margaret Jane Kidnie argues that 'play' and 'adaptation' are provisional categories - mutually dependent processes that evolve over time in accordance with the needs of users. This theoretical argument about the identity of works and the nature of text and performance is pursued in relation to diverse examples, including theatrical productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and recent print editions of the complete works. These new readings build up a persuasive picture of the cultural and intellectual processes that determine how the authentically Shakespearean is distinguished from the fraudulent and adaptive. Adaptation thus emerges as the conceptually necessary but culturally problematic category that results from partial or occasional failures to recognize a shifting work in its textual-theatrical instance.

Theatre and Adaptation

  • Filename: theatre-and-adaptation.
  • ISBN: 9781472522412
  • Release Date: 2014-08-28
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: Margherita Laera
  • Publisher: A&C Black



Contemporary theatrical productions as diverse in form as experimental performance, new writing, West End drama, musicals and live art demonstrate a recurring fascination with adapting existing works by other artists, writers, filmmakers and stage practitioners. Featuring seventeen interviews with internationally-renowned theatre and performance artists, Theatre and Adaptation provides an exceptionally rich study of the variety of work developed in recent years. First-hand accounts illuminate a diverse range of approaches to stage adaptation, ranging from playwriting to directing, Javanese puppetry to British children's theatre, and feminist performance to Japanese Noh. The transition of an existing source to the stage is not a smooth one: this collection examines the practices and the complex set of negotiations each work of transition and appropriation involves. Including interviews with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Handspring Puppet Company, Katie Mitchell, Rimini Protokoll, Elevator Repair Service, Simon Stephens, Ong Keng Sen and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the volume reveals performance's enduring desire to return, rewrite and repeat.

Literature and Film

  • Filename: literature-and-film.
  • ISBN: 0631230556
  • Release Date: 2004-10-15
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Robert Stam
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell



Literature and Film is a cornucopia of vibrant essays that chart the history and confluence of literature and film. It explores in detail a wide and international spectrum of novels and adaptations, bringing together the very latest scholarship in the field.

Thermal Adaptation

  • Filename: thermal-adaptation.
  • ISBN: 9780198570875
  • Release Date: 2009-01-29
  • Number of pages: 289
  • Author: Michael James Angilletta
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Temperature profoundly impacts both the phenotypes and distributions of organisms. These thermal effects exert strong selective pressures on behaviour, physiology and life history when environmental temperatures vary over space and time. Despite temperature's significance, progress toward a quantitative theory of thermal adaptation has lagged behind empirical descriptions of patterns and processes. In this book, the author draws on theory from the more general discipline of evolutionary ecology to establish a framework for interpreting empirical studies of thermal biology. This novel synthesis of theoretical and empirical work generates new insights about the process of thermal adaptation and points the way towards a more general theory. The threat of rapid climatic change on a global scale provides a stark reminder of the challenges that remain for thermal biologists and adds a sense of urgency to this book's mission. Thermal Adaptation will benefit anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between environmental variation and phenotypic evolution. The book focuses on quantitative evolutionary models at the individual, population and community levels, and successfully integrates this theory with modern empirical approaches. By providing a synthetic overview of evolutionary thermal biology, this accessible text will appeal to both graduate students and established researchers in the fields of comparative, ecological, and evolutionary physiology. It will also interest the broader audience of professional ecologists and evolutionary biologists who require a comprehensive review of this topic, as well as those researchers working on the applied problems of regional and global climate change.

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