Alex Symons

in Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780748649587
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676484 | DOI:

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This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. This book introduces a new perspective on Mel Brooks, challenging the established perceptions in the critical studies, biographies, and in the scattered academic articles about his work so far. By combining adaptation studies together with studies of the cultural industries, the case studies here have examined Brooks's personal survival strategy. In particular, the book has identified Brooks's use of adaptation practices including remediation, hybridisation and his strategy of repeatedly adapting content, which is defined as ‘prolonged adaptation’. The book casts Brooks in a new light, revealing him as a specialist in adaptation, as a long-term survivor in the cultural industries, and to some degree, a significant figure within the historical development of the multimedia strategies that are common with artists today.

Keywords: Mel Brooks; adaptation strategies; cultural industries; remediation; hybridisation; prolonged adaptation

Chapter.  5275 words. 

Subjects: Film

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