Adapting the Canon
Mediation, Visualization, Interpretation

Edited by Ann Lewis and Silke Arnold-de Simine

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28 September 2020  •  272pp

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Adapting the Canon brings together some of the most recent and exciting research in the growing field of adaptation studies, charting the passage of canonical texts across time, cultures and different media. Spanning several Humanities disciplines, the essays in this volume explore key questions about what adaptation means for the canonical work, focusing on texts adapted into and from English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese, from the medieval world to the twenty-first century.

Adaptation is much more than the process by which great novels become films. In this rich selection of case studies, canonical figures such as Austen, Dickens, Goethe, Hugo, Kafka, Pound, Shakespeare, Stevenson, Villon, Voltaire, and Zola are reimagined in a range of media which has never been so broad as today, from theatre, radio and television to the smartphone.

Ann Lewis is Senior Lecturer in French in the Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London, and works on eighteenth-century French literature and text/image relations. Silke Arnold-de Simine is also at Birkbeck, as Reader in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on (trans-)media aesthetics and ethics, especially memory cultures.


  • ‘A welcome addition to the thriving academic production in the field of adaptation studies; its chapters stimulate reflection on the adaptive process as a phenomenon which has always existed and that we must acknowledge as a main force in the production of new cultural prod- ucts, products that creatively engage with the sources and intermedially reactivate their vital force.’ — Maddalena Pennacchia, Journal of Adaptation in Literature and Performance 14.3, 2021, 345-47 (full text online)
  • ‘An impressively large range of media is examined from a number of theoretical and methodological perspectives, all contributions working hard to move forward the study of adaptation. Their authors share an understanding of what it means to be historical, dialogic, and intermedial. We learn a lot about the artefacts, artists, and phenomena in question, as well as about the shape of adaptation studies in the 2020s.’ — Michael Stewart, Translation and Literature 31, 2022, 136-41 (full text online)



Adapting the Canon: Mediation, Visualization, Interpretation
Silke Arnold-de Simine, Ann Lewis


Translation, Adaptation, and the Senses of Medium
Clive Scott


Ad-app-ting the Canon
Kamilla Elliott


Minnelli’s Madame Bovary (1949): A Test Case for New Disciplines
Christine Geraghty


Polymedia Jekyll & Hyde: The Dual Character in Renoir’s Film and Mattotti and Kramsky’s Comic Book
Armelle Blin-Rolland


Turning Japanese? Les Misérables from Meiji to Manga
Bradley Stephens


The Kafka Image: Interpretations of a ‘Classic’ in the New Generation of Graphic Adaptation
Juliane Blank


The Illustrated Book as Source-Bound Adaptation: A Case Study of New York Editions of Candide Published Around the Stock Market Crash
Christina Ionescu


Pride and Prejudice: Permutations as Adaptation
Jeremy Strong


Re-routing Hamlet: From the Canon to Consumer Culture
Jozefina Komporaly


François Villon on the Radio: Ezra Pound’s Adaptation of The Testament for the BBC
Claire Pascolini-Campbell


Thérèse Raquin and the Anxieties of Adaptation
Kate Griffiths


Bibliography entry:

Lewis, Ann, and Silke Arnold-de Simine (eds), Adapting the Canon: Mediation, Visualization, Interpretation, Transcript, 1 (Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Adapting the Canon: Mediation, Visualization, Interpretation, ed. by Ann Lewis and Silke Arnold-de Simine, Transcript, 1 (Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Lewis and Simine, p. 47.

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Lewis, Ann, and Silke Arnold-de Simine (eds). 2020. Adapting the Canon: Mediation, Visualization, Interpretation, Transcript, 1 (Legenda)

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