Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

Screen Adaptations and the Politics of Childhood

Transforming Children's Literature into Film

Authors: McCallum, Robyn

  • First single-authored monograph on screen adaptations of texts for children and young people
  • Develops a cohesive and conceptually framed analysis of texts in a range of genres
  • Views adaptation as a dialogic process that results in an intricate web of intertextuality
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This book features a cutting edge approach to the study of film adaptations of literature for children and young people, and the narratives about childhood those adaptations enact. Historically, film media has always had a partiality for the adaptation of ‘classic’ literary texts for children. As economic and cultural commodities, McCallum points out how such screen adaptations play a crucial role in the cultural reproduction and transformation of childhood and youth, and indeed are a rich resource for the examination of changing cultural values and ideologies, particularly around contested narratives of childhood. The chapters examine various representations of childhood: as shifting states of innocence and wildness, liminality, marginalisation and invisibility. The book focuses on a range of literary and film genres, from ‘classic’ texts, to experimental, carnivalesque, magical realist, and cross-cultural texts. 

About the authors

Robyn McCallum is an independent scholar in the area of children’s and youth literature, film and culture. She taught at Macquarie University, Australia, for twenty-five years, and is author of Ideologies of Identity in Adolescent Fiction (1999), and co-author of Retelling Stories, Framing Culture (1998; with John Stephens) and New World Orders in Contemporary Children’s Literature (2008; with Clare Bradford, Kerry Mallan and John Stephens). 

Reviews

“McCallum’s astute and wide ranging ‘sequel’ to her earlier Retelling Stories (with John Stephens) brings up-to-the-minute conversations in adaptation to bear on oft-neglected children’s genres. The result is an illuminating and confident study, from a recognized expert in the field, of ways in which children’s literature and film continue to expand boundaries and challenge expectations. A must read for anyone interested in youth media and adaptation.” (Casie Hermansson, Professor of English Literature at Pittsburg State University, USA)

 “McCallum’s study will provide children’s literature and culture scholars the critical resources for studying the considerable number and types of adaptations in this area. Drawing from the critical tools found in the burgeoning adaptation field, the study considers the ideological functions, audiences (real and implied), and cultural effects of adaptations of children’s stories. Readers familiar with John Stephens’ and Robyn McCallum’s influential Retelling Stories, Framing Culture can consider this an excellent sequel to that work.” (Mike Cadden, Professor of English and Director of Childhood Studies, Missouri Western State University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘Palimpsestuous Intertextuality’ and the Cultural Politics of Childhood

    McCallum, Robyn

    Pages 1-32

  • The Imperial Child and the Romantic Child: Film Adaptation as Cultural Capital

    McCallum, Robyn

    Pages 33-84

  • The Dream Child and the Wild Child: Adapting the Carnivalesque

    McCallum, Robyn

    Pages 85-122

  • ‘Flapping Ribbons of Shaped Space-Time’: Genre Mixing, Intertextuality and Metafiction in Fiction and Film Adaptation

    McCallum, Robyn

    Pages 123-171

  • Angels, Monsters and Childhood: Liminality and the Quotidian Surreal

    McCallum, Robyn

    Pages 173-209

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-39541-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39540-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Screen Adaptations and the Politics of Childhood
Book Subtitle
Transforming Children's Literature into Film
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39541-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39541-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39540-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 280
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