Comics and Adaptation

Edited by Benoît Mitaine
and David Roche

Edited by Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot
Translated by Aarnoud Rommens
and David Roche

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 36 b&w illustrations

9781496803375 Printed casebinding $70.00S

Printed casebinding, $70.00

How comics are adapted from literary sources as well as brought to the screen

Contributions by Jan Baetens, Alain Boillat, Philippe Bourdier, Laura Caraballo, Thomas Faye, Pierre Floquet, Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Christophe Gelly, Nicolas Labarre, Benoît Mitaine, David Roche, Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, Dick Tomasovic, and Shannon Wells-Lassagne

Both comics studies and adaptation studies have grown separately over the past twenty years. Yet there are few in-depth studies of comic books and adaptations together. Available for the first time in English, this collection pores over the phenomenon of comic books and adaptation, sifting through comics as both sources and results of adaptation. Essays shed light on the many ways adaptation studies inform research on comic books and content adapted from them. Contributors concentrate on fidelity to the source materials, comparative analysis, forms of media, adaptation and myth, adaptation and intertexuality, as well as adaptation and ideology.

After an introduction that assesses adaptation studies as a framework, the book examines comics adaptations of literary texts as more than just illustrations of their sources. Essayists then focus on adaptations of comics, often from a transmedia perspective. Case studies analyze both famous and lesser-known American, Belgian, French, Italian, and Spanish comics.

Essays investigate specific works, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Castilian epic poem Poema de Mio Cid, Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, French comics artist Jacques Tardi's adaptation 120, rue de la Gare, and Frank Miller's Sin City. In addition to Marvel Comics' blockbusters, topics include various uses of adaptation, comic book adaptations of literary texts, narrative deconstruction of performance and comic book art, and many more.

Benoît Mitaine, Avignon, France, is associate professor of Spanish at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. He is coeditor of Lignes?de front: Guerre et totalitarisme dans la bande dessinée and Autobiographismes: bande dessinée et représentation de soi. David Roche, Montpellier, France, is professor of film studies at the Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France. He is author of L'Imagination malsaine and Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s: Why Don't They Do It Like They Used To?, and editor of Russell Banks: Conversations, the latter two published by University Press of Mississippi. Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, Couchey, France, is associate professor of English at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. She has coedited Intimacy in Cinema: Critical Essays on English-Language Films and published widely on English-language cinema.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 36 b&w illustrations