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A queer new world: adaptation theory and the zeugma of fidelity in Derek Jarman’s "The Tempest" (1979)

Starrs, D. Bruno (2006) A queer new world: adaptation theory and the zeugma of fidelity in Derek Jarman’s "The Tempest" (1979). American@, 4(1), pp. 71-91.

Abstract

In this paper it is argued the negative reception by American practitioners of fidelity criticism received by Derek Jarman's film "The Tempest" (1979) was unwarranted when viewed in the light of later developments in adaptation theory. Jarman's aim was to show that a queer lifestyle is preferable to the strictly faithful, heterosexual lifestyle expected in marriage, rather than to make yet another faithful adaptation of Shakespeare's play for the screen. The director's characterization of Caliban and Ariel served as an allegory for Prospero's queer desire in Jarman's very subversive, controversial reading and was fore-grounded to the extent the film could be described as either an 'analogous adaptation', a 'borrowing', a 'deconstruction', a 'parody' or even a 'new work of art', according to the various adaptation theorists. For Britons, less awed by Shakespeare than outsiders to British culture such as Jarman's contemporaries in the United States of America, such infidelity to the original, like the inevitable infidelity associated with heterosexual marriage, may be acceptable and even desirable.

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ID Code: 5236
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Shakespeare, Derek Jarman, adaptation theory
ISSN: 1695-7814
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 D. Bruno Starrs
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:40

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