Haunted space: Adapting Dante's Inferno for contemporary performance

Thomasson, Sarah (2011). Haunted space: Adapting Dante's Inferno for contemporary performance. In Tricia Hopton, Adam Atkinson, Jane Stadler and Peta Mitchell (Ed.), Pockets of change: Adaptation and cultural transition (pp. 1-13) Lanham, MA, United States: Lexington Books.

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Author Thomasson, Sarah
Title of chapter Haunted space: Adapting Dante's Inferno for contemporary performance
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Haunted space: Adapting Dante's Inferno for contemporary performance
Title of book Pockets of change: Adaptation and cultural transition
Place of Publication Lanham, MA, United States
Publisher Lexington Books
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9780739165331
Editor Tricia Hopton
Adam Atkinson
Jane Stadler
Peta Mitchell
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The twelve essays collected in Pockets of Change locate adaptation within a framework of two overlapping, if not simultaneous, creative processes: on the one hand, adaptation is to be understood as an acknowledged transposition of an existing source-that is, the process of adapting from; on the other hand, adaption is also a process of purposeful shifting and evolving of creative practices in response to external factors, including but not limited to other creative works-in other words, the process of adapting to. This book explores adaptation, then, as an active practice of repetition and as a reactive process of development or evolution. The essays also extend beyond the production, transformation, and interpretation of texts to interrogate the values and practices at work in cultural transition and transformation during periods of social and historical change.

Collectively, the papers theorize adaptation by taking on three tasks: first, to examine the conditions under which the two processes of adaptation operate; second, to give an account of the space and moment in which the processes unfold (the "pockets" of the title); and finally, to examine what emerges from pockets of adaptation. While adapting from and adapting to are both processes that appear to preclude innovation in the way that they acknowledge and depend on external sources, Pockets of Change demonstrates that adaptation is productive. It not only references prior texts, attitudes, practices and media, but it also invites us to re-visit the past and to re-think the present in new ways, potentially giving narrative space to muted or occluded voices.

This book therefore brings together an innovative and varied range of approaches to, interpretations and uses of adaptation, challenging the assumption that an adaptation is simply either a "re-make" or the act of turning one medium into another. Adaptation, then, names not only the means by which texts are transformed, but also the space in which that transformation takes place. [Book summary from publisher]
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