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Strange Masks of Adapted Identities in Patrick McCabe’s Winterwood and The Holy City
Göteborgs universitet.
2020 (English)In: Adaptation, ISSN 1755-0637, E-ISSN 1755-0645Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Patrick McCabe’s novels dramatize how people make use of character archetypes, media ideals, and fiction to adapt to new realities. These concerns are especially notable in two of his later novels, The Holy City and Winterwood. In the protagonists’ process of social adaptation, they illustrate how the construction of self-identity is defined by narration, and how a world in flux demands constant re-negotiation of the narrative and adaptation to the new story to make self-identity, life patterns, and their contexts match. In effect, the narratives suggest that engagement in media adaptations can guide audiences to find strategies for social adaptation.

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2020.
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Patrick McCabe, Adaption, Film, Literature, Self-identity
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-37555DOI: 10.1093/adaptation/apaa011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-37555DiVA, id: diva2:1575479
Available from: 2021-06-29 Created: 2021-06-29 Last updated: 2022-09-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Adapting Adulthood: Migrating Characters and Themesfrom Novels, Screenplays, and Films
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adapting Adulthood: Migrating Characters and Themesfrom Novels, Screenplays, and Films
2021 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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When novels are adapted for the screen, the fictional characters are inevitablytransformed in the adaptation process, and so is the thematic content. This studyconsiders the characters and the thematic content of a story as migrants who leavethe land of the novel in order to adapt to a life on the screen with transformed selfidentities.The five articles that this thesis is based on focus on what happens to therepresentation of adulthood when novels are adapted for the screen. The articles testmodels for analysing thematic representation using popular works of fiction such asAtonement, Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl, Me before You, Room, Shutter Island, The DaVinci Code, The Martian, The Road, Up in the Air, and novels by Patrick McCabe.Because novel-screenplay-film adaptations comprise alternative versions of astory, with their complementary lines of reasoning, they constitute particularly richthematic representations and metaphors for what social adaptation requires. In thatcontext, the thesis regards novel-screenplay-film adaptations as processes and objectsat the same time, each version an integral part of a greater dynamic whole.Relating to current theories of the attraction of fiction, chapter 1 presents theaim of the study. Chapter 2 describes the novel-screenplay-film adaptation processas a non-linear, two-way process of adaptation and appropriation, and a receptionbasedmodel for regarded adapted characters as fictional migrants. Chapter 3outlines a pragmatic model, with the hero’s journey as a foundation, to analyse thestructure of thematic lines of reasoning in fiction in general and adaptations inspecific, together with thematic markers. The chapter also presents the markers ofadulthood used in the articles, before chapter 4 and 5 summarise and discuss the fivearticles and implications related to adaptation studies, pedagogy, and screenwriting.

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Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2021. p. 236
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Specific Literatures Studies on Film
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urn:nbn:se:du-42523 (URN)978-91-8009-198-5 (ISBN)978-91-8009-199-2 (ISBN)
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2021-02-26, Online via Zoom och i Lilla hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6, Göteborg, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2022-09-09 Created: 2022-09-07 Last updated: 2023-03-17Bibliographically approved

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