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Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen

Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen

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Edited by R. Barton Palmer
Cambridge University Press, 3/8/2007
EAN 9780521842211, ISBN10: 0521842212

Hardcover, 278 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

The process of translating works of literature to the silver screen is a rich field of study for both students and scholars of literature and cinema. The fourteen essays collected in this 2007 volume provide a survey of the important films based on, or inspired by, nineteenth-century American fiction, from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans to Owen Wister's The Virginian. Many of the major works of the American canon are included, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick and Sister Carrie. The starting point of each essay is the literary text itself, moving on to describe specific aspects of the adaptation process, including details of production and reception. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes production stills and full filmographies. Together with its companion volume on twentieth-century fiction, the volume offers a comprehensive account of the rich tradition of American literature on screen.

Introduction R. Barton Palmer
1. A very American fable
the making of a Mohicans adaptation Martin Barker and Roger Sabin
2. Romancing the letter
screening a Hawthorne classic Michael Dunne
3. The movies in the rue Morgue
adapting Edgar Allan Poe for the screen Paul Woolf
4. Re-adapting Uncle Tom's Cabin Stephen Railton
5. Screening authorship
Little Women on screen 1933–4 Deborah Cartmell and Judy Simons
6. Screening Melville's Moby-Dick David Lavery
7. Screening male sentimental power in Ben-Hur Marcia Pentz-Harris, Linda Seger and R. Barton Palmer
8. John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage Jakob Lothe
9. Translating Daisy Miller Douglas McFarland
10. Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady Harriet Margolis and Janet Hughes
11. The Europeans - and the Americans Brian McFarlane
12. Sister Carrie becomes Carrie Stephen Brennan
13. Hollywood and The Sea Wolf Tony Williams
14. Screening Owen Wister's The Virginian R. Barton Palmer
Filmographies
Index.