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Adapting Nineteenth-Century France

Literature in Film, Theatre, Television, Radio and Print

Author(s): Kate Griffiths Andrew Watts

Language: English

Genre(s): History

Series: French and Francophone Studies

  • May 2013 · 288pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708325940
  • ·Paperback - 9781783163083
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165575
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783165582
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325957

About The Book

This book uses six canonical novelists and their recreations in a variety of media to argue a reconceptualisation of our approach to the study of adaptation. The works of Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant and Verne reveal themselves not as originals to be defended from adapting hands, but as works fashioned from the adapted voices of a host of earlier artists, moments and media. The text analyses reworkings of key nineteenth-century texts across time and media in order to emphasise the way in which such reworkings cast new light on many of their source texts, and how they reveal the probing analysis nineteenth-century novelists undertake in relation to notions of originality and authorial borrowing. Adapting Nineteenth-Century France charts such revision through a range of genres encompassing the modern media of radio, silent film, fiction, musical theatre, sound film and television.ContentsIntroduction, Kate GriffithsI Labyrinths of Voices: Emile Zola, Germinal and Radio, Kate GriffithsII Diamond Thieves and Gold Diggers: Balzac, Silent Cinema and the Spoils of Adaptation, Andrew WattsIII Fragmented Fictions: Time, Textual Memory and the (Re)Writing of Madame Bovary, Andrew WattsIV Les Misérables, Theatre and the Anxiety of Excess, Andrew WattsV Chez Maupassant: The (In)Visible Space of Television Adaptation, Kate GriffithsVI Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours: Verne, Todd, Coraci and the Spectropoetics of Adaptation, Kate GriffithsConclusion, Andrew Watts

Endorsements

'In this volume, key literary works are situated within a highly active network of diverse impulses that extend the critical focus beyond the usual concern of scholars - This major study attentively probes the multimedia and multifaceted dynamics of adaptation.' - Dr Bradley Stephens, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol 'Griffiths and Watts break new ground in their invigorated intermedial exploration of the adaptive afterlives of leading nineteenth-century French novelists. This significant contribution traverses literary criticism, adaptation studies and media studies, bringing compelling insights, not least in the rarely studied areas of radio and television adaptation.' - Susan Harrow, Ashley Watkins Professor of French, University of Bristol.

Contents

Introduction Kate Griffiths I Labyrinths of Voices: Emile Zola, Germinal and Radio Kate Griffiths II Diamond Thieves and Gold Diggers: Balzac, Silent Cinema and the Spoils of Adaptation Andrew Watts III Fragmented Fictions: Time, Textual Memory and the (Re)Writing of Madame Bovary Andrew Watts IV Les Miserables, Theatre and the Anxiety of Excess Andrew Watts V Chez Maupassant: The (In)Visible Space of Television Adaptation Kate Griffiths VI Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours: Verne, Todd, Coraci and the Spectropoetics of Adaptation Kate Griffiths Conclusion Andrew Watts

About the Author(s)

Kate Griffiths

Kate Griffiths is a Lecturer in French and Translation at Cardiff University, specialising in multi-media adaptation.

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Andrew Watts

Andrew Watts is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on adaptations of nineteenth-century prose fiction, with special reference to the work of Honoré de Balzac.

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