Study of Film Adaptations of James Barrie’s Storypeter Pan

Author: Hermansson, Casie
Year:2016
Pages:156
ISBN:1-4955-0473-5
978-1-4955-0473-0
Price:139.95
Since its earliest incarnation in the writing of James Barrie, the story of Peter Pan has been continuously adapted. Barrie himself adapted the story numerous times, across a plethora of different media. He was also the first to draft a film Scenario of it. However, Barrie's Scenario was not used for the first film adaptation of Peter Pan in 1924. This study argues that Peter's unique qualities serve as both the engine of adaptation and the source of each adaptation's provisional nature. The analysis moves from historical texts to include Barrie's film Scenario and then major twentieth and twenty-first century screen adaptations of Peter Pan.

Reviews

“ Dr. Hermansson moves us beyond the traditional themes and conflicts that have drawn the attention of critics over the years to the complexities of adapting a story that is simply deceptive in its deceptive simplicity. Examining the mysteries of how Peter Pan was animated and how he migrates into new media, Professor Casie Hermansson moves us into the terrain of the uncanny and the ungrammatical, productively using analytic tools borrowed from Freud and Riffaterre to explain the cultural repetition compulsion that shadows Peter Pan and the paradoxes that the story opens up for us.”
Dr. Maria Tartar
Harvard University

“The book brings together and modifies Riffaterre’s concept of ungrammaticalities and Freud’s idea of the uncanny. It provides a reading of one of the most unique sets of texts in British print culture [it]supplies literary critics with a way to connect the Peter Pan texts to other major stylistic and narrative trends in the early part of twentieth-century Britain.”
Professor Jamie L. McDaniel,
Pittsburg State University, Kansas


“This work thoroughly and effectively presents a study that addresses the history of Peter Pan through author J.M. Barrie’s self-adaptations and various adaptation incarnations into the filmic media that has not been done previously…From the onset I was hooked and I believe the typical reader will be as well.”
Professor Lyle W. Morgan II,
Pittsburg State University, Kansas


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
INTRODUCTION: ADAPTING PETER PAN
Peter Pan in the New Millennium
The Missing Ur-Text
A Surplus of Biographical Origins
Self-Generating Neverlands
CHAPTER 1: BARRIE’S PETER PAN FILM SCENARIO
Betwixt and Between: The Film Scenario in Context
Barrie’s Cinematic Vision for Peter Pan
What Barrie’s Film Scenario Keeps from the Stage Play
What Barrie’s Film Scenario Changes from the Stage Play
Tinker Bell and Peter’s Exhortation to the Audience
Barrie’s Fidelity Problems
CHAPTER 2: ALWAYS-ALREADY ADAPTED
Peter’s Lack of Fixity
Barrie’s Self-Generating Adaptations
The Repression of the Author
Uncanny Adaptation
The Unhomely
The Uncanny as Adaptation’s Trace
CHAPTER 3: PETER PAN ON SCREEN
Foregrounding Adaptation
Silent Peter Pan (1924)
Disney’s Peter Pan (1953)
Hook (1991)
Post-Millennial Peter Pan
ENDNOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FILMOGRAPHY
Primary Sources
Select Filmography
Secondary Sources
INDEX