William Trevor’s Screen Fictions: "No Interest. Not Suitable for Treatment"

Pettitt, Lance (2013) William Trevor’s Screen Fictions: "No Interest. Not Suitable for Treatment". In: Delaney, Paul and Parker, Michael, (eds.) William Trevor: Revaluations. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 76-94. ISBN 9780719087905

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Abstract

This essay contests the view that Trevor's work for the screen is somehow secondary to his many and notable accomplishments as a novelist and short-story writer. Instead, it suggest that his career demonstrates the pervasive inter-connections between these different forms, and that this might be linked to his successful adaptation not only to life in England but to thriving professionally across these media. The essay calls for a re-alignment from the exclusive literary-critical approach that has dominated assessments of Trevor as a writer, which can be seen as an obstacle to a fully rounded evaluation of his career. It offers instead an approach to his work for television that combines the historical consideration of his TV archive, textual analysis of televisual form and contemporary theories about 'adaptation', taking its cue from Deborah Cartmell's injunction to 'distance adaptation studies from fidelity criticism'.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trevor, William. The Ballroom of Romance (1982); Dickens, Charles TV adaptation; Radio adaptation; Television drama
Subjects: 800 Literature & rhetoric > 820 English & Old English literatures
900 History & geography > 941 History of Ireland
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 15:45
Last Modified: 27 May 2015 13:02
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/585

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