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[ecrea] New book: Comics and Adaptation

Wed Aug 15 16:54:05 GMT 2018

Mitaine, Benoît, David Roche and Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, eds. /Comics and Adaptation/. Trans. Aarnoud Rommens and David Roche. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2018. 240p. ISBN 978-1496803375

  How comics are adapted from literary sources as well as brought to
  the screen

Contributions by Jan Baetens, Alain Boillat, Philippe Bourdier, Laura Caraballo, Thomas Faye, Pierre Floquet, Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Christophe Gelly, Nicolas Labarre, Benoît Mitaine, David Roche, Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, Dick Tomasovic, and Shannon Wells-Lassagne

Both comics studies and adaptation studies have grown separately over the past twenty years. Yet there are few in-depth studies of comic books and adaptations together. Available for the first time in English, this collection pores over the phenomenon of comic books and adaptation, sifting through comics as both sources and results of adaptation. Essays shed light on the many ways adaptation studies inform research on comic books and content adapted from them. Contributors concentrate on fidelity to the source materials, comparative analysis, forms of media, adaptation and myth, adaptation and intertexuality, as well as adaptation and ideology.

After an introduction that assesses adaptation studies as a framework, the book examines comics adaptations of literary texts as more than just illustrations of their sources. Essayists then focus on adaptations of comics, often from a transmedia perspective. Case studies analyze both famous and lesser-known American, Belgian, French, Italian, and Spanish comics.

Essays investigate specific works, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Castilian epic poem Poema de Mio Cid, Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, French comics artist Jacques Tardi's adaptation 120, rue de la Gare, and Frank Miller's Sin City. In addition to Marvel Comics' blockbusters, topics include various uses of adaptation, comic book adaptations of literary texts, narrative deconstruction of performance and comic book art, and many more.

Acknowledgments VII

Introduction: Adapting Adaptation Studies to Comics Studies [3]
David Roche, Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, and Benoît Mitaine


Adaptation: A Writerly Strategy? [31]
Jan Baetens

Narrative (De)constructions and the Persistence of the Text: Images of the Cid between Epic Performance and Comics [47]
Thomas Faye

Absent Humanity: Personi cation and Spatialization in “There Will Come Soft Rains”
Nicolas Labarre

Nestor Burma, from Léo Malet to Jacques Tardi, via Jacques-Daniel Norman: 120, rue de la Gare and Its Adaptations [84]
Christophe Gelly

Doctor Jekyll & Mister Hyde by Mattotti-Kramsky: Shattering Figuration [98]
Laura Cecilia Caraballo

In Defense of Freedom of Adaptation: The Case of El hombre descuadernado, an Adaptation of “The Horla”
Benoît Mitaine


The Comic Book Effect in the Age of CGI: When Film Adaptations of Comic Books Evoke the Fixity of Their Model
Alain Boillat

From Marvel Comics to Marvel Studios: Adaptation, Intermediality, and Contemporary Hollywood Strategies
Dick Tomasovic

Fritz the Cat (1972): From Crumb to Bakshi, Betraying the Author and Translating the Zeitgeist
Jean-Paul Gabilliet

Adapting a Graphic Novel into Film: Historicity and the Play of Signs in Corto Maltese : La cour secrète des arcanes (Pascal Morelli, 2002), an Adaptation of Corto Maltese in Siberia by Hugo Pratt [186]

Philippe Bourdier

Sin City (Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, 2005): Improbable Encounters between Embodied and Drawn Characters
Pierre Floquet

From Screen to Page? Castle (ABC, 2009–2016) and Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm
Shannon Wells-Lassagne

Contributors [227]


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