Eighteenth-Century Fiction on Screen

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Robert Mayer
Cambridge University Press, Sep 26, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 226 pages
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Eighteenth-Century Fiction on Screen offers an extensive introduction to cinematic representations of the eighteenth century, mostly derived from classic fiction of that period, and sheds light on the process of making prose fiction into film. The contributors provide a variety of theoretical and critical approaches to the process of bringing literary works to the screen. They consider a broad range of film and television adaptations, including several versions of Robinson Crusoe; three films of Moll Flanders; American, British, and French television adaptations of Gulliver's Travels, Clarissa, Tom Jones, and Jacques le fataliste; Wim Wender's film version of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprentice Years; the controversial film of Diderot's La Religieuese; and French and Anglo-American motion pictures based on Les Liaisons dangereuses among others. This book will appeal to students and scholars of literature and film alike.

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Contents

Is there a text in the screening room?
1
The cinema of attractions and the novel in Barry Lyndon and Tom Jones
16
Three cinematic Robinsonades
35
Adaptations of Defoes Moll Flanders
52
Film censorship and the corrupt original of Gullivers Travels
70
Adapting Fielding for film and television
88
The spaces of Clarissa in text and film
106
Jacques le fataliste on film from metafiction to metacinema
123
Carnal to the point of scandal on the affair of La Religieuse
139
Adaptation and cultural criticism Les Liaisons dangereuses 1960 and Dangerous Liaisons
157
Mapping Goethes Wilhelm Meister onto Wenders Wrong Move
175
Rob Roy the other eighteenth century?
192
Filmography
211
Bibliography
217
Index
220
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Robert Mayer is Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe (Cambridge, 1997).

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