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A Three-Fold Adaptation: the Old Testament in Peter Greenaway’s Film Goltzius and the Pelican Company
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8554-0385
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I will try to analyze some of the implications of the adaptation of the stories of the Old Testament to two other media in Peter Greenaway’s latest film: Goltzius and the Pelican Company. Indeed, the film as a medium incorporates the dramatization of these stories made by the company of Hendrik Goltzius, a 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. The adaptation is thus achieved in two steps. The first step is from text – the Bible – to the stage adaptation, a process which can be compared to a form of remediation which is close to the figure of ekphrasis. But this form of ekphrasis would work in the opposite direction compared to what could be called “classical ekphra-sis”, defined for instance by Claus Clüver as “the verbalization of real or fictitious texts composed in non-verbal sign systems”. The second step is the filming of these dramatized scenes, a process which Greenaway uses in a self-reflexive way which raises many interesting questions as to the effects of each medium on the audience and on how the audience perceives the stories. A striking fact is that the original medium – i.e. the written text, both as basic and qualified medium according to Lars Elle-ström’s model – is not completely absent in the film.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
adaptation, Greenaway
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-33940DiVA, id: diva2:713277
Conference
Disturbing Adaptations. The 8th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies. Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden, 26-27 September, 2013
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-04-22 Created: 2014-04-22 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved

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