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adaptation and feminism

Page history last edited by Tonya Howe 13 years, 1 month ago

by Sara Zimmerman

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Adaptation offers countless possibilities to re-write or re-tell a story in order to tell the story a different way or use a different media.  The methods of adaptation are various, including film adaptation, stage adaptation, and literary adaptation.   Many critics claim that “adaptations are necessarily inferior to their so-called originals” (Leitch 250).  This is not always true.  Most adaptations are used to expand on a certain idea or theme in a work of literature in order to “extend ideas” or “culturally [enrich]” a certain work (Leitch 250).


It can be argued that media in modern American society often represent women as sex symbols or porn icons.  Perhaps this is why earlier feminists were inclined to adapt popular literatures and skew the idea of these externally beautiful women being the “object of the gaze” (McRobbie 258).  Feminist writers often adapted stories to break common themes of the way women were being portrayed in literature.  The use of sarcasm and exaggeration are a common way for feminists to highlight the negative views of women.  Most women in literature were described as evil, jealous, or betrayers.  In addition, women were viewed as perfect beings, which also caused feminists to adapt literature to show that even women who are not perfect are still beautiful.

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