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Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

Anamorphic Authorship in Canonical Film Adaptation

A Case Study of Shakespearean Films

Authors: Geal, Robert

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  • Develops a new methodology for adaptation studies
  • Constructs a history of why certain paradigms have dominated adaptation studies at certain times
  • Applies psychoanalytic poststructuralism to a field which has not yet considered this approach in detail
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This book develops a new approach for the study of films adapted from canonical ‘originals’ such as Shakespeare’s plays. Departing from the current consensus that adaptation is a heightened example of how all texts inform and are informed by other texts, this book instead argues that film adaptations of canonical works extend cinema’s inherent mystification and concealment of its own artifice. Film adaptation consistently manipulates and obfuscates its traces of ‘original’ authorial enunciation, and oscillates between overtly authored articulation and seemingly un-authored unfolding. To analyse this process, the book moves from a dialogic to a psychoanalytic poststructuralist account of film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. The differences between these rival approaches to adaptation are explored in depth in the first part of the book, while the second part constructs a taxonomy of the various ways in which authorial signs are simultaneously foregrounded and concealed in adaptation’s anamorphic drama of authorship. 

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Robert Geal is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He has published numerous scholarly articles on topics including authorship in adaptation, gender and sexuality in animation, spectacle in science fiction, race in television comedy, and the historical development of adaptation studies and film theory.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anamorphic Authorship in Canonical Film Adaptation
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of Shakespearean Films
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16496-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16496-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16495-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 247
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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