By Julie Sanders
The recent severe Idiom sequence make for excellent partners to classes. Sanders' version and Appropriation is a compact, transparent, usable textbook that cuts throughout the muddy water of serious debates on precisely what these phrases (and a number of alternative comparable phrases) suggest.
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Extra resources for Adaptation and Appropriation (The New Critical Idiom)
S. Eliot deployed in his essay ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ when he wrote of the chemical reaction between literary inheritance and the artist that created a wholly new ‘compound’ (Eliot 1984: 41), but also with the critical and cultural movements of postmodernism and postcolonialism; indeed, the effort to write a history of adaptation necessarily transmutes at various points into a history of critical theory. As well as throwing up potent theoretical intertexts of their own, adaptation studies mobilize a wide vocabulary of active terms: version, variation, interpretation, continuation, transformation, imitation, pastiche, parody, forgery, travesty, transposition, revaluation, revision, rewriting, echo.
For Bhabha, however, only hybridity that respects essential difference enables innovation, whereas the cultural synthesis or homogenization of multiculturalism proves stifling (208). Science-led notions of hybridization regard cultural artefacts 18 defining terms as irrevocably changed by the process of interaction. In the case of postcolonial cultures this is particularly problematic, since if the scientific notion of dominant and recessive factors (or genes) holds true for cultures, then the colonial or imperial tradition dominates over the indigenous in any hybridized form.
Part of considering that historical process for Swift involves an engagement with England’s past. One crucial cinematic intertext is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s wartime rumination on English identity, A Canterbury Tale (1944), in which four poeple make a journey to Canterbury that is clearly suggestive of pilgrimage. Critics have also identified allusions to the Old English poems Wanderer and Seafarer (Cooper 2002: 32) in the novel’s interest in different landscapes: land, terra firma, sea.
Adaptation and Appropriation (The New Critical Idiom) by Julie Sanders