Over the past forty years, Canadian literature has found its way to the silver screen with increasing regularity. Beginning with the adaptation of Margaret Laurence'sA Jest of Godto the Hollywood filmRachel, Rachelin 1966, Canadian writing would appear to have found a doubly successful life for itself at the movies: from the critically acclaimedKamouraskaandThe Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitzin the 1970s through to the award-winningLove and Human RemainsandThe English Patientin the 1990s. With the more recent notoriety surrounding the Oscar-nominatedAway from Her, and the screen appearances ofThe Stone AngelandFugitive Pieces, this seems like an appropriate time for a collection of essays to reflect on the intersection between literary publication in Canada, and its various screen transformations. This volume discusses and debates several double-edged issues: the extent to which the literary artefact extends its artfulness to the film artefact, the degree to which literary communities stand to gain (or lose) in contact with film communities, and perhaps most of all, the measure by which a viable relation between fiction and film can be said to exist in Canada, and where that double-life precisely manifests itself, if at all.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Film Studies
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