Journal Article

Adaptation, Fidelity, and Gendered Discourses

Shelley Cobb

in Adaptation

Volume 4, issue 1, pages 28-37
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online August 2010 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/apq011
Adaptation, Fidelity, and Gendered Discourses

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This article argues that despite the growing and articulate chorus of adaptation scholars who critique the language of fidelity and its consequential denigration of adaptation as an art form, some of these contemporary scholars continue to repeat reductive cultural hierarchies and the binary structure of fidelity criticism. I suggest that where this does happen, it does so because of a cultural binary that structures the language of fidelity: masculine/feminine. Consequently, critical discourses of adaptation often utilise a gendered language that constructs a masculine/feminine hierarchy between novel/film and frames the problems of fidelity and adaptation studies as feminine.

Keywords: Adaptation; gender; fidelity; translation

Journal Article.  4939 words. 

Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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