French literature on screen

Edited by Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer

French literature on screen


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9517-1
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Literature & literary studies / General, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Film Studies, Literature: history & criticism, France, Film history, theory & criticism, Cultural studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French


This collection presents new essays in the complex field of French literary adaptation. Using a variety of textual and interpretive approaches, it sheds light on issues of gender, sexuality, class, politics and social conventions while acknowledging a range of contexts, from the commercial to the archival and the aesthetic. The chapters, written by eminent international scholars, run chronologically from The Count of Monte Cristo through Proust and Bonjour, Tristesse to Philippe Djian's Oh. (adapted for the screen as Elle). Collectively, they fill a need for contemporary discussions on the significance of France's literary representations in the history of global cinema.


Introduction: screening French literature - Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer
2 The spectacle of Monte Cristo - Jennifer L. Jenkins
3 Adultery and adulteration in film versions of Flaubert's Madame Bovary - Colin Davis
4 For the first time on screen together: Madame Bovary and Les Misérables in 1934 - Dudley Andrew
5 The Americanization of Victor Hugo: Darryl F. Zanuck's Les Misérables (1935) - Guerric DeBona
6 From heterotopia to metatopia: staging Carmen's death - Phil Powrie
7 From the Recherche on film toward a Proustian cinema - Steven Ungar
8 Otto Preminger's Bonjour, Tristesse: a tale of three women, if not more - R. Barton Palmer
9 Adapting Pagnol and Provence - Jeremy Strong
10 Maigret on screen: stardom and literary adaptation - Ginette Vincendeau
11 The making and remaking of Thérèse Desqueyroux: one novel, two films - Susan Hayward
12 Elle (2016), rape, and adaptation - Homer B. Pettey
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Homer B. Pettey is Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at the University of Arizona

R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University

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