Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

True Event Adaptation

Scripting Real Lives

Editors: Thornley, Davinia (Ed.)

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  • Marks an original contribution because it investigates a previously under-examined area of adaptation: that of stories based on true events
  • Employs a cross-disciplinary approach, by offering insights into history, theatre studies, film and media studies, organizational analysis, and literary/aesthetic theory
  • Offers useful and practical findings on the relationship between real life events and cultural memory
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About this book

These essays all—in various ways—address the relationship between adaptation, “true events,” and cultural memory. They ask (and frequently answer) the question: how do we script stories about real events that are often still fresh in our memories and may involve living people? True Event Adaptation: Scripting Real Lives contains essays from scholars committed to interrogating historical and current hard-hitting events, traumas, and truths through various media. Each essay goes beyond general discussion of adaptation and media to engage with the specifics of adapting true life events—addressing pertinent and controversial questions around scriptwriting, representation, ethics, memory, forms of history, and methodological interventions. Written for readers interested in how memory works on culture as well as screenwriting choices, the collection offers new perspectives on historical media and commercial media that is currently being produced, as well as on media created by the book’s contributors themselves.

About the authors

Davinia Thornley is Senior Lecturer in Media, Film, and Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is the author of the monograph, Cinema, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Criticism: Filming on an Uneven Field (2014). 

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“Why should fictional adaptations get all the headlines? Davinia Thornley’s contributors revisit a set of ten real-life subjects and situations, from female circumcision in Egypt to the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, examining their adaptation in films from The Quiet American to Zero Dark Thirty. These essays complicate and challenge traditional binaries between genre and realism, creating and interpreting, fictional and nonfictional films. Individually and collectively, they make a persuasive case for the importance of adaptation, and the power of adaptation studies, in helping us make sense of contemporary reality.” (Thomas Leitch, University of Delaware, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
True Event Adaptation
Book Subtitle
Scripting Real Lives
Editors
  • Davinia Thornley
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97322-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97322-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97321-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07334-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 237
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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