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Author(s):Ross, Zackary
Abstract:Adaptation thrives in our entertainment culture and as consumers we encounter adapted works regularly; yet still we cannot seem to escape the fidelity criticism that birthed such phrases as the book was better. I am drawn to this simultaneous obsession with and aversion to works in adaptation and my research aims to address the troubled relationship between contemporary culture and adaptation and revolves around a central set of related questions: 1) what is the cultural significance of adaptation and 2) what affordances does adaptation provide artists that wholly original work cannot? Currently, this work has led me to consider twentieth century theatrical adaptations of classic Greek tragedy and their relationship to moments of historical trauma, such as the United States history of slavery, South Africa's experience of Apartheid, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the resulting War on Terror. In the spring of 2013, I began work on my own theatrical adaptation of Prometheus Bound, an ancient Greek tragedy that tells the story of god who sacrifices his status as a god because of his love of mankind and who is made to suffer a terrible price. Above all else, the play exposes the shame implicit in tyranny.
Issue Date:2014-05
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Zackary Ross
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-14

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