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Some Journeys from Words to Visuals

Editor(s): Shri Krishan Rai, Anugamini Rai
Subject: Cultural Studies

Book Description

This book invites readers to immerse themselves in the fantastic journey of written text to the screen. It is divided into two parts, the first of which broadly focuses on cinematic adaptations based on Indian literary texts. The second section explores the adaptations of literary works from other countries.

In the world of Indian cinema, the first full-length Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra, was based on a legend mentioned in Indian holy scriptures. Since then, several literary texts have been filmed, and this process has become a popular phenomenon. The recent film by Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, has raised the expectations of lovers of this symbiotic relationship between literature and film. This book engages with issues like ‘fidelity’ and ‘intertextuality’ in the works of Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Khushwant Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, RK Narayan, as well as other authors and directors from India and other parts of the world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7466-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7466-3
Date of Publication: 01/05/2015
Pages / Size: 195 / A5
Price: £41.99


Shri Krishan Rai is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at National Institute of Technology Durgapur, West Bengal, India. He has delivered talks at the Universities of Oxford La Laguna, and Allahabad, among others. He has two books and scores of research papers to his credit, and has also contributed chapters to several anthologies on literature.

Anugamini Rai teaches English at Durgapur Women’s College Durgapur, West Bengal, India. She is the author of Ramanujan’s Poetry: Portrayal of Conflicting Cultures, and the editor of Literature to Cinema. She has also been published in several national and international journals.