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date: 21 November 2019

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This introduction begins by tracing the history of adaptation studies as a series of evolutionary phases defined more by their critique of the previous paradigms of fidelity, medium specificity, and intertextuality than by their uncritical embrace of new paradigms. From its beginnings, adaptation studies has been organized around a series of foundational debates: What is an adaptation? What responsibility do adaptations owe the texts they adapt? What role should evaluation play in adaptation studies? Should the field be driven by close readings or general theories? The present volume, born out of the conviction that adaptation studies has thrived because of its anti-canonical approach to the classics of literature, cinema, and critical theory, attempts to foster these debates and provoke new ones, especially those that have the power to cross disciplinary boundaries, rather than attempting any definitive resolutions.

Keywords: adaptation studies, canon, discipline, fidelity, foundational debates, medium specificity, intertextuality

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