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Border CrossingRussian Literature into Film$
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Alexander Burry and Frederick White

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411424

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411424.001.0001

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Introduction: Filming Russian Classics—Challenges and Opportunities

Introduction: Filming Russian Classics—Challenges and Opportunities

(p.1) Introduction: Filming Russian Classics—Challenges and Opportunities
Border Crossing

Alexander Burry

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an overview of the history and process of transposing classic Russian literature into film, surveying the progress recent scholars of adaptation studies have made in overcoming fidelity criticism. Borrowing Gerard Genette’s concept of “hypertextuality,” it offers an approach to studying films of Russian literature based on cross-cultural communication, in which literary texts undergo semantic shifts as they enter different temporal, spatial, social, and historical contexts when they are transformed into film.

Keywords:   adaptation studies, cross-cultural communication, fidelity criticism, Genette, hypertextuality, Russian literature

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