Adaptation and the Avant-Garde: Alternative Perspectives on Adaptation Theory and Practice by William VerroneAdaptation and the Avant-Garde: Alternative Perspectives on Adaptation Theory and Practice by William Verrone

Adaptation and the Avant-Garde: Alternative Perspectives on Adaptation Theory and Practice

byWilliam Verrone

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Adaptations have occurred regularly since the beginning of cinema, but little recognition has been given to avant-garde adaptations of literary or other texts. This compelling study corrects such omissions by detailing the theory and practice of alternative adaptation practices from major avant-garde directors.
Avant-Garde films are often relegated to the margins because they challenge our traditional notions of what film form and style can accomplish. Directors who choose to adapt previous material run the risk of severe critical dismay; making films that are highly subjective interpretations or representations of existing texts takes courage and foresight. An avant-garde adaptation provokes spectators by making them re-think what they know about film itself, just as much as the previous source material.
Adaptation and the Avant-Garde examines films by Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard, Guy Maddin, Jan Svankmajer and many others, offering illuminating insights and making us reconsider the nature of adaptation, appropriation, borrowing, and the re-imagining of previous sources.

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William Verrone is Assistant Professor of Film and Literature at the University of North Alabama. He has published on a wide range of subjects, from Disney to Nick Cave and from Terry Gilliam to Ken Russell.

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Title:Adaptation and the Avant-Garde: Alternative Perspectives on Adaptation Theory and PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I
Chapter 1: Defining the Avant-Garde Film
Chapter 2: Adaptation Theory and Practice
Chapter 3: Appropriation
Chapter 4: The Exploitative Adaptation
Chapter 5: Why Avant-garde?Part II
Chapter 6: A Brief Narrative History of Avant-Garde Adaptation or, Some Instances of Avant-Garde AdaptationPart III - Case Studies
Chapter 7: The Fall of the House of Usher
Chapter 8: Scorpio Rising
Chapter 9: Fruit of Paradise
Chapter 10: Hitler, A Film from Germany
Chapter 11: Street of Crocodiles
Chapter 12: The Dante Quartet
Chapter 13: Alice
Chapter 14: Prospero's Books
Chapter 15: Wisconsin Death Trip
Chapter 16: Specters of the Spectrum
Chapter 17: Dracula, Pages from a Virgin's DiaryConclusionAppendix: Some Avant-Garde AdaptationsBibliographyIndex

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?With a certain amount of historical irony, adaptation studies have, in recent years, become a subtle, dynamic, and complex centerpiece in contemporary film and media studies. As the range of this work expands, new areas and issues continue to be explored, and Verrone's wide-ranging study of adaptation and the avant-garde is a long needed and exciting contribution to the intellectual energy of the field.? ?Timothy Corrigan, Professor of Cinema Studies, English, and History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; and author of The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker