Literature/Film Quarterly

Contains literature film adaptations, book reviews, and interviews with directors, screenwriters, and critics.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, 2010

A Letter from Coventry: Cormac McCarthy in Warwickshire
Though his work was not much known in America twenty years ago, today some would consider Cotmac McCarthy America's greatest living novelist, and since I am inclined to agree, I was drawn to the 4th International Cormac McCarthy Conference that began...
An Interview with Ian McEwan
Though the somewhat dark and unsettling nature of his early works earned him the nickname "Ian Macabre," over a career spanning more than thirty years Ian McEwan has proven himself to be one of Britain's most important writers. He has published ten novels...
Beginning in the End: Poetry of Greek Tragedy in Theo Angelopoulos's Ulysses' Gaze and the Weeping Meadow
IntroductionT. S. Eliot (1888-1965) considers "not only the best, but the most individual parts of" a poet's work "those in which the dead poets, his ancestors, assert their immortality most vigorously" (48). In Eliot's idea "no poet, no artist of any...
Bodies and Morals: Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" and Neil LaBute's the Shape of Things
Judith Fetterley has famously argued that Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Birthmark" is a story about "how to murder your wife and get away with it" (22). The protagonist of Hawthorne's story, a scientist named Aylmer, comes out of his lab long...
Editorial: Intertextual Protagonist
Jessica Yu's 2007 documentary Protagonist is a fascinating recent experiment in adaptation, a film that explores the lives of four men who experience a "crash," as Yu puts it, when their belief systems crumble under the weight of complexity and compassion....
"Negotiating with the Dead": Jane Eyre in the Postmodern
In 2006, the BBC produced a four-part adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The miniseries (or film, if watched in a single sitting) advertises itself as a lush revivification - a "making new" - of Bronte's somewhat dog-eared text; producer Diederick...
Still Lusting after Fidelity?
Despite many years' criticism of "fidelity" as a determining concept in screen adaptation some commentators still find the need to engage in a detailed rebuttal of "fidelity" as a criterion of value or as an underpinning concept. One may, like Thomas...