The History of British Literature on Film, 1895-2015 by Greg M. Colón SemenzaThe History of British Literature on Film, 1895-2015 by Greg M. Colón Semenza

The History of British Literature on Film, 1895-2015

byGreg M. Colón Semenza, Bob HasenfratzEditorBob Hasenfratz

Hardcover | May 21, 2015

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From The Death of Nancy Sykes (1897) to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) and beyond, cinematic adaptations of British literature participate in a complex and fascinating history. The History of British Literature on Film, 1895-2015 is the only comprehensive narration of cinema's 100-year-old love affair with British literature. Unlike previous studies of literature and film, which tend to privilege particular authors such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen, or particular texts such as Frankenstein, or particular literary periods such as Medieval, this volume considers the multiple functions of filmed British literature as a cinematic subject in its own right-one reflecting the specific political and aesthetic priorities of different national and historical cinemas. In what ways has the British literary canon authorized and influenced the history and aesthetics of film, and in what ways has filmed British literature both affirmed and challenged the very idea of literary canonicity? Seeking to answer these and other key questions, this indispensable study shows how these adaptations emerged from and continue to shape the social, artistic, and commercial aspects of film history.
Greg M. Col¿n Semenza is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2...
Title:The History of British Literature on Film, 1895-2015Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 21, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Attractions, Tricks, and Fairy-Tales: Visual and Theatrical Culture in the Brit-Lit Film, 1896-1907 2. "Crude, Vicious, and Lascivious Entertainments:" The Rise of the Brit-Lit Feature Film, 1907-1920 3. Inter-Nationalizing the Brit-Lit Film: Hollywood and the World Film Market, 1920-1927 4. Sound, Studios, and Censorship: The Brit-Lit Film, 1927-1939 5. The Empire Strikes Back: Britain's Reclamation of Brit-Lit, 1939-1957 6. Traditions and Revolutions: The Brit-Lit Film, 1957-1979 7. The Brit-Lit Film after Film: 1979-2015 Notes Bibliography Index

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This rich analysis will appeal to Anglophile literature and film buffs alike.