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date: 21 May 2019

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In this chapter, the topic of literary adaptation in comics format is tackled from three points of view: first, a historical one (an overview of the adaptation policy in the various periods one can distinguish in the comics/graphic-novel history); second, a semiotic one (a look at the differences between two major types of adaptation, the storytelling adaptation, which only adapts the plot of the literary text, and the medium-specific adaptation, which tries to explore the comics features that are not only added to the story but that often dramatically change and literally reframe the initial story); and third, a properly literary one (an exploration of why comics can be seen as literature and why, in spite of this natural relationship, there exists a certain resistance to the idea as well as the practice of literary adaptation in comics).

Keywords: comic books, adaptation, fidelity, illustration, narrative, wordless

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