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date: 07 December 2019

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Cross-cultural adaptations can revitalize their source texts through provocative changes in their setting, genre, casting, or production processes. Chapter 13 examines a series of frankly revisionist adaptations that mount a critique of source texts drawn from other cultures by adapting new perspectives, restoring excised material, or allowing previously silenced voices to speak. The power of such cross-cultural adaptations finds subversive new meanings in their canonical texts by staging conflicts of languages and discourses. Instead of reflecting or refracting the reality beneath their source texts, they emphasize the refractions of those source texts themselves. In translating the discourses of past cultures into those of present, often insurgent cultures, they can give voice to a revealing kind of social unconscious.

Keywords: cross-cultural adaptation, revisionist adaptation, strategic infidelity, subversive, language

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