Fiction to Film

Vijaya Singh

in Filming Fiction

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075936
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081851 | DOI:
Fiction to Film

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This chapter discusses certain theoretical prospects in film adaptation, addressing the question of narration in fiction and in film by commenting on the differences in approach between Geoffrey Wagner and Dudley J. Andrew and the significance of Brian McFarlane's theory of adaptation from fiction into film. To this end, the chapter offers a structural reading of the narrative using Satyajit Ray's Charulata, which is based on Rabindranath Tagore's novella ‘Noshto Neerh’ (1901), at the level of textual praxis. Andrew emphasizes the sociological significance of adaptation, while Wagner describes three possible modes of adaptation on the basis of Bela Balaz's thesis: transposition, commentary, and analogy. By taking into account both Andrew's socio-cultural and Millicent Marcus's ‘sum total of encounters’, this chapter proves that it is possible to analyse in detail the internal and external dynamics of narration, ideology, and intertextuality in an adaptation.

Keywords: film adaptation; Satyajit Ray; narration; fiction; Geoffrey Wagner; Dudley J. Andrew; Charulata; Noshto Neerh; Millicent Marcus; intertextuality

Chapter.  7201 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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