Foregrounding the media: Atonement (2007) as an adaptation

Geraghty, C. (2009) Foregrounding the media: Atonement (2007) as an adaptation. Adaptation, 2(2), pp. 91-109. (doi: 10.1093/adaptation/app006)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/app006

Abstract

This article uses Joe Wright's 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement to argue that one of the key features of adaptations is the foregrounding of the media. It suggests that this feature is a way of creating a ‘knowing’ audience (as discussed for instance by Hutcheon and Leitch) out of filmgoers who cannot be assumed to have read the original book. The article analyses how Atonement (2007) presents writing, cinema, and television in the three sections of the film and comments on how these media are presented to the audience formally as well as through the complex narrative. It concludes with some comments on the film's ‘happy ending’, suggesting that this foregrounding may, for some viewers, be at the expense of mainstream cinema's traditional investment in emotion.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Atonement, adaptation, audience, cinema, melodrama, television
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Geraghty, Professor Christine
Authors: Geraghty, C.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Adaptation
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1755-0637
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