A Theory of Adaptation by Linda Hutcheon

By Linda Hutcheon

A thought of edition explores the continual improvement of artistic edition, and argues that the perform of adapting is primary to the story-telling mind's eye. Linda Hutcheon develops a conception of model via quite a number media, from movie and opera, to games, pop tune and subject parks, analysing the breadth, scope and inventive probabilities inside each.

This re-creation is supplemented by way of a brand new preface from the writer, discussing either new adaptive forms/platforms and up to date serious advancements within the research of variation. It additionally positive factors an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O’Flynn, targeting edition within the context of electronic media. She considers the influence of transmedia practices and houses at the shape and perform of version, in addition to learning the extension of online game narrative throughout media systems, fan-based version (from Twitter and fb to domestic movies), and the difference of books to electronic formats.

A concept of edition is the suitable advisor to this ever evolving box of analysis and is key interpreting for someone drawn to version within the context of literary and media experiences.

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Many professional reviewers and audience members alike resort to the elusive notion of the “spirit” of a work or an artist that has to be captured and conveyed in the adaptation for it to be a success. The “spirit” of Dickens or Wagner is invoked, often to justify radical changes in the “letter” or form. , Linden 1971: 158, 163); at other times it is “style” (Seger 1992: 157). But all three are arguably equally subjective and, it would appear, difficult to discuss, much less theorize. Most theories of adaptation assume, however, that the story is the common denominator, the core of what is transposed across different media and genres, each of which deals with that story in formally different ways and, I would add, through different modes of engagement—narrating, performing, or interacting.

Of course, this fi lm contains lots of performed talk about music, art, and many other things, and not only in this rather overt lecture form. Interacting with a story is different again from being shown or told it—and not only because of the more immediate kind of immersion it allows. As in a play or film, in virtual reality or a videogame, language alone does not have to conjure up a world; that world is present before 26 A Theory of Adaptation our eyes and ears. But in the showing mode we do not physically enter that world and proceed to act within it.

Residual suspicion remains even in the admiration expressed for something like Julie Taymor’s Titus (1999), her critically successful film version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Even in our postmodern age of cultural recycling, something—perhaps the commercial success of adaptations—would appear to make us uneasy. As early as 1926, Virginia Woolf, commenting on the fledgling art of cinema, deplored the simplification of the literary work that inevitably occurred in its transposition to the new visual medium and called film a “parasite” and literature its “prey” and “victim” (1926: 309).

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