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82 Automne | 2015
New Perspectives on Film Adaptations of 19th–Century Novels and Short Stories

Edited by Luc Bouvard

19th-centurynovels and short stories have always been successful with the professionals of cinema. Many reasons can be invoked in so many keywords: popularity, heritage, financial profits, theatrical adaptations, pre-cinematic aspects, illustrations, film’s quest for respectability. However Linda Hutcheon suggests that adaptation is repetition without replication and this is what this collection of articles will be dealing with. The contributions gathered here focus on the newly acquired type of gender relationships, on de(re)contextualization, and on the ‘contamination’ of a TV series by classic gothic stories, or the function of a background score and a colour scheme. Adaptations of classics of 19th–century literature (Austen, Dickens, Brontë, Forster) but also lesser-known novels (G. Du Maurier, Saki) as well as the penny dreadful are approached in a new, innovative way.

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