Life without a Primary Text: The Hydra in Adaptation Studies

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The Pedagogy of Adaptation


film adaptations, motion picture authorship, imitation, motion picture, discipline of film studies, film studies


From All Quiet on the Western Front and Gone with the Wind to No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire, many of the most memorable films have been adapted from other sources. And while courses on film studies are taught throughout the world, The Pedagogy of Adaptation makes a strong case for treating adaptation studies as a separate discipline. What makes this book unique is its claim that adaptation is above all a creative process and not simply a slavish imitation or reproduction of an 'original.'