Journal Article

Adaptive Collaboration, Collaborative Adaptation: Filming the Mamet Canon

Christophe Collard

in Adaptation

Volume 3, issue 2, pages 82-98
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI:
Adaptive Collaboration, Collaborative Adaptation: Filming the Mamet Canon

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Every migration across referential and expressive frameworks entails formal, structural, and cognitive consequences too complex for a ‘traditionalist’ comparative posture. Moreover, the intertextuality and intermediality of the ‘transmedial screenplay’ make it incompatible with ‘static’ concepts such as ‘fidelity’ and ‘originality’ precisely on behalf of the film medium's poly-systemic nature. Bringing together the analogous concerns of collaborative creation, adaptation, and authorship, this essay therefore discusses David Mamet's screen adaptations of personal and other work from a process-based perspective as a means of attaining a more constructive understanding of so-called ‘interaesthetic passages’.

Keywords: David Mamet; collaborative creation; adaptation; authorship; semiology

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Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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