Screening the Novel

The Theory and Practice of Literary Dramatization

  • Authors
  • Robert Giddings
  • Keith Selby
  • Chris Wensley

Part of the Insights book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 1-27
  3. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 28-42
  4. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 43-53
  5. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 54-78
  6. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 79-93
  7. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 94-121
  8. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 122-161
  9. Robert Giddings, Keith Selby, Chris Wensley
    Pages 162-170
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 171-174

About this book

Introduction

The book takes as its theme the relationship between literature and the contemporary means of production and distribution collectively termed 'the media' - in particular, film and television. The intention of the book is to explore and evaluate the mutual opportunities and restrictions in this relationship. In the grammar of our culture there seems to be an accepted opinion that print is superior in terms of cultural production to film, radio or television, that to read a book is somehow a 'higher' cultural activity than seeing a play on television or seeing a film. By the same token, a novel is a 'superior' work of art to film or television. The longer perspective reveals that traditionally there always is a greater respect paid to the previous mode of literary production - poetry was superior to drama, poetic drama was superior to the novel, and film attained cult and classic status initially over television.

Keywords

drama English literature expectation knowledge literature novel tradition transmission

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-20516-5
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1990
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-45793-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-20516-5
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