Mary Donaldson-Evan, Madame Bovary at the Movies. Adaptation, Ideology, Context
Amsterdam / New York, Rodopi (Faux-Titre), 2009.
Some eighteen film directors from France to the United States, Germanyto India, have applied themselves to the task of adapting Madame Bovaryto the screen. Why has Flaubert's 1857 classic novel been so popularwith filmmakers? What challenges have they had to meet? What ideologiesdo their adaptations serve? Madame Bovary at the Movies seeksto answer these questions, avoiding value judgments based on the notionof fidelity to the novel. In-depth analyses are reserved for the studiofilms of Renoir, Minnelli and Chabrol and the small-screen adaptationof Fywell. As the first book-length examination of the Madame Bovaryadaptations, this volume, in addition to its pedagogical applications,will be a useful reference for scholars of literature and film and forthose interested in the burgeoning field of adaptation studies.
TABLE DES MATIÈRES
The Theory and Practice of Adaptation
Jean Renoir (1934): Framing Emma
Vincente Minnelli (1949): Hollywood Rediscovers Emma
Claude Chabrol (1991): Keeping the Faith
Tim Fywell (2000): Sex in the Living Room
Adaptation and its Avatars
Appendix A: Synopsis of Novel
Appendix B: Filmography
Appendix C: Glossary of Film Terms
The author of A Woman's Revenge: The Chronology of Dispossession in Guy de Maupassant's Fiction (French Forum Monographs, 1986) and Medical Examinations: Dissecting the Doctor in French Narrative Prose (1857-1894) (University of Nebraska Press, 2000), Mary Donaldson-Evans is EliasAhuja Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Universityof Delaware.