Dickens on Screen

Dickens on Screen

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Cambridge University Press, 11/27/2003
EAN 9780521806527, ISBN10: 0521806526

Hardcover, 238 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Television and film, not libraries or scholarship, have made Charles Dickens the most important unread novelist in English. It is not merely that millions of people feel comfortable deploying the word 'Dickensian' to describe their own and others' lives, but that many more people who have never read Dickens know what Dickensian means. They know about Dickens because they have access to over a century of adaptations for the big and small screen. Because Dickens has proven to be the most easily adapted of major novelists, he has become, somewhat ironically, one of the foremost novelists in the English canon. This is ironic because it was just this capacity to entertain that once confined him to the margins of the 'great tradition' in fiction. Dickens on Screen is an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike. It provides an exhaustive filmography and is well illustrated.

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Introduction John Glavin
Part I
1. Dickens, psychoanalysis and film
a roundtable Gerhard Joseph
Part II
2. David Copperfield's home movies John Bowen
3. David Lean's Great Expectations Regina Barreca
4. Great Expectations on Australian television John O. Jordan
5. Dickens 'The Signalman' and Rubini's La Stazione Alessandro Vescovi
6. Bill Murray's Christmas Carols Murray Baumgarten
7. Screen memories in Dickens and Woody Allen Robert M. Polhemus
Part III
8. Writing after Dickens
the television writer's art John Romano
9. Directing Dickens
Alfonso Cuaron's 1998 Pam Katz
10. Playing Dickens
an interview with Miriam Margolyes
Part IV
11. Cinematic Dickens and uncinematic words Kamilla Elliott
12. Dickens, Eisenstein, film Garrett Stewart
13. Orson Welles and Charles Dickens 1938–41 Marguerite Rippy
14. David Copperfield (1935) and the US curriculum Steve J. Wurzler
15. Dickens, Selznick, and Southpark Jeffrey Sconce
16. Tiny Tim on screen
a disabilities perspective Martin F. Norden
Part V
Dickens composed
film and television adaptation 1897–2001 Kate Charnell Watt and Kate Lonsdale