Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works

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Stephen E. Tabachnick, Esther Bendit Saltzman
McFarland, May 13, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 292 pages
The graphic novel is the most exciting literary format to emerge in the past thirty years. Among its more inspired uses has been the superlative adaptation of literary classics. Unlike the comic book abridgments aimed at young readers of an earlier era, today’s graphic novel adaptations are created for an adult audience, and capture the subtleties of sophisticated written works. This first ever collection of essays focusing on graphic novel adaptations of various literary classics demonstrates how graphic narrative offers new ways of understanding the classics, including the works of Homer, Poe, Flaubert, Conrad and Kafka, among many others.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Homers Odyssey and the Graphic NovelPaul D Streufert
19
Hwaet If ? Beowulf in ComicsJason Tondro
33
Staging Sexual Violence in Othello Graphic NovelsJ Caitlin Finlayson
46
Recent Comics Adaptations of Edgar Allan PoeDerek Parker Royal
60
The Good the Bad and the Parodic in Graphic Adaptation Eric S Rabkin
82
Adaptations of MobyDick Dirk Vanderbeke
96
In Search of the Authentic Performative Vampire in Three Graphic Novel Adaptations of Bram Stokers DraculaAna G Gal
161
Interpretive Pluralism in Graphic Adaptations of Wildes NovelEsther Bendit Saltzman
177
An Interview with Catherine Anyango on Heart of DarknessChristine Ferguson
194
Graphic Novel Adaptations of Kafkas MetamorphosisMartha Kuhlman
205
An Unusual Adaptation of F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Stephen E Tabachnick
221
From Raymond Queneaus Exercises in Style to Matt Maddens 99 Ways to Tell a Story and BackJan Baetens
235
Ray Bradbury Comics and the Authorized Graphic NovelsDarren Harris Fain
249
Bibliography
263

Imaginary Worlds and Intertextuality in Alice in Wonderland and Alice in SunderlandMatthew JA Green ...
110
Does That Change Anything? PostFeminist Implications of Gemma BoveryEric L Berlatsky ...
127
Drawing Style Genre and the Destabilization of Register in a Graphic Adaptation of Trollopes 1878 Novel John CaldigateDavid Skilton and Simon ...
147
About the Contributors
267
Index
271
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Stephen E. Tabachnick is a professor of English literature at the University of Memphis and has taught classes on the graphic novel for more than 20 years. The editor of Teaching the Graphic Novel and author of The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel, he has published articles on graphic novel adaptations of Victorian and Modern British Literature. Esther Bendit Saltzman completed her master’s thesis on graphic novel adaptations and has presented papers on adaptations of Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis, her research focuses on graphic novel adaptations of literary classics.

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