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Gulliver’s Travels: Silly, Silly Stories

  • Karen Bloom GevirtzEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter analyzes Gulliver’s Travels (2010) to demonstrate how twenty-first century adaptors and writers recognize the artificial nature of “history” and ideology’s role in creating it. Starring Jack Black, this adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s novel displays history as a malleable narrative whose impact on the present is direct and profound, and consequently both potentially liberating or potentially destructive. The discussion focuses on several aspects of the film: its use of various forms of history to establish the idea that it is an infinitely renewable narrative; its recognition of the original novel, and cultural texts more broadly, as a culturally valuable historical artefact; and its use of space to create history, including its own narrative of the role of history and text.

Keywords

Adaptation theory Film adaptation Gulliver’s Travels Jack Black Eighteenth-century adaptation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishSeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

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