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Classics in film and fiction
Cartmell, Deborah.
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London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, [2000]

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x, 240 pages ; 22 cm.
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This book negotiates the notion of a 'classic' in film and fiction, exploring the growing interface and the blurring of boundaries between literature and film. Taking the problematic term 'classic' as its focus, the contributors consider both canonical literary and film texts, questioning whether classic status in one domain transfers it to another.Classics in Film and Fiction looks at a wide range of texts and their adaptations. Authors discussed are Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Arthur Miller, Truman Capote and Lewis Carroll. Book to film adaptations analysed include Jane Eyre, The Crucible, The Tempest and Alice in Wonderland. The collection also evaluates the term 'classic' in a wider context, including a comparison of Joyce's Ulysses with Hitchcock's Rear Window. Throughout, the contributors challenge the dichotomy between high culture and pop culture.

Author Notes

Deborah Cartmell is a Principal Lecturer in English at De Montfort University I.Q. Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at De Montfort Heidi Kaye is a former Senior Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort. All four are editors of the previous titles in the Film/Fiction series. Imelda Whelehan is a Principal Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Classics across the film/literature divideHeidi Kaye and Imelda Whelehan
1 'If Only You Could See What I've Seen with Your Eyes': Bladerunner and Symphonie PastoraleNick Peim
2 Classic Shakespeare for All: Forbidden Planet and Prospero's Books, Two Screen Adaptations of The TempestSara Martin
3 The Red and the Blue: Jane Eyre in the NinetiesLisa Hopkins
4 Transcultural Aesthetics and the Film Adaptations of Henry JamesMartin Halliwell
5 'Hystorical' Puritanism: Co