Academic journal article Framework

Editorial

Academic journal article Framework

Editorial

Article excerpt

Situate. This is a focus in Framework vol. 57, no. 2, as each author concentrates on newly situating their subjects. Besides the topics themselves-jazz, French film criticism, video history, adaptations, and experimental cinema-the writers' examination of small details in these subjects that are not typically examined is fascinating. The writers ask questions: How are these facts and ideas situated in our culture, and why would we look at them? How do they fit into a longer view? Teresa Heffernan's "When the Movie Is Better Than the Book: Fight Club, Consumption, and Vital Signs" examines the film Fight Club as "better than the book" and digs into reasons that go beyond a comparison of content, positing that reasons answers lie in why "origins and sources . . . should continue to haunt adaptation theory." In "The Film That Almost Was: John Fowles's 'The Black Thumb' and His Collaboration with David Tringham," also about novel-film adaptation, Michelle Phillips Buchberger links the screen work of novelist John Fowles, whose writing dominated some important films of the 1960s and 1980s, to his struggles with the studio machine. …

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