International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Comparative Studies | Literature | Turkiye | Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024 | Rating: 4.7 / 10

Queer and Adaptation Theory: Literature to Film in The Color Purple, The Hours, and Brokeback Mountain

Bilal Zayoun

Abstract: This article examines the dynamic interface between literary works and their film adaptations through the lens of various critical theories, with a significant focus on queer theory. It explores how adaptations preserve the thematic essence of the source texts while adding unique audio-visual elements that enhance the storytelling experience. Additionally, the paper discusses the historical resistance to film adaptations within literary circles, highlighting the bias against perceived technological intrusion into the purity of literary creativity. The broader implications of queer theory in analyzing both literature and film are elaborated upon, particularly in terms of depicting and normalizing homosexuality against a backdrop of heteronormative dominance. This exploration underscores the adaptation process as not merely a translation of text but as an enriching dialogue between the original and the adapted forms, challenging and extending the narrative and thematic boundaries of the source materials.

Keywords: Literary adaptations, queer theory, film criticism, thematic preservation, heteronormative dominance

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024,

Pages: 550 - 553

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