Beyond Adaptation

Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works

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About the Book

Some film and novel revisions go so far beyond adaptation that they demand a new designation. This critical collection explores movies, plays, essays, comics and video games that supersede adaptation to radically transform their original sources. Fifteen essays investigate a variety of texts that rework everything from literary classics to popular children’s books, demonstrating how these new, stand-alone creations critically engage their sources and contexts. Particular attention is paid to parody, intertextuality, and fairy-tale transformations in the examination of these works, which occupy a unique narrative and creative space.

About the Author(s)

Phyllis Frus is an associate professor of English and chair of the English department at Hawai‘i Pacific University.
Christy Williams is an instructor of English at Hawai‘i Pacific University and a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawai‘i. She lives in Honolulu.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 226
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4223-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5578-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction: Making the Case for Transformation      1

1. Borrowing a Melody: Jane Campion’s The Piano and Intertextuality

PHYLLIS FRUS      19

2. Adaptation, The Orchid Thief, and the Subversion of Hollywood Conventions

DEVIN HARNER      31

3. Historical Figures Transformed: Free Enterprise and I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

MARNI GAUTHIER      42

4. Post-Colonial Transformation: The Rejection of English in Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi

ANNE M. REEF      56

5. Transforming Great Expectations: Dickens, Cuarón, and the Bildungsroman

ANTJE S. ANDERSON      69

6. A Fuller Statement of the Case: Mary Reilly and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

LAURIE F. LEACH      83

7. Transforming Shakespeare: Neil Gaiman and The Sandman

JULIA ROUND      95

8. On the Trail of the Butterfly: D. H. Hwang and Transformation

DEBORAH L. ROSS      111

9. Wicked and Wonderful Witches: Narrative and Gender Negotiations from The Wizard of Oz to Wicked

ALISSA BURGER      123

10. “Wonderland’s become quite strange”: From Lewis Carroll’s Alice to American McGee’s Alice

CATHLENA MARTIN      133

11. Stories to Live By: Re-Framing Storytelling in the Arabian Nights Miniseries

JENNIFER ORME      144

12. Mulan: Disney’s Hybrid Heroine

LAN DONG      156

13. Mass-Marketing “Beauty”: How a Feminist Heroine Became an Insipid Disney Princess

MARC DIPAOLO      168

14. Four Times Upon a Time: “Snow White” Retold

STELLA BOLAKI      181

15. Mermaid Tales on Screen: Splash, The Little Mermaid, and Aquamarine

CHRISTY WILLIAMS      194

About the Contributors      207

Index      211

Book Reviews

“intriguing…an energetic, bold, well-documented survey…recommended”—Choice.