Adaptations for Young Audiences: Critical Challenges, Future Directions

  • Robyn McCallum


Some of the earliest film adaptations were of children’s texts, many of which have been readapted multiple times. However, despite the close imbrication of the film industry and children’s literature since the early twentieth century, few adaptation scholars have turned their attention to the rich resource that children’s and youth culture provides. This chapter surveys trends in approaches to adaptation, in particular the shift from “fidelity criticism” to a dialogic intertextual approach; the recent move back to a modified form of “fidelity criticism”; and the cultural work that has thus far been achieved in the field of adaptation studies and children’s and youth culture. In doing so, it examines the critical challenges faced by scholars in the field and the potent possibilities future scholarship might pursue.


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  • Robyn McCallum
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  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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