Hamlet Takin’ Out the Trash

Robert Stam says “The intuitive sense of adaptation’s inferiority derives, I would speculate, from a constellation of substratal prejudices:”

1) the “a priori valorization of historical anteriority and seniority”

2) the “dichotomous thinking that presumes a bitter rivalry between film and literature”

3) “iconophobia . . . a deeply rooted cultural prejudice against the visual arts”

4) “logophilia . . . the valorization of the verbal”

5) “anti-corporeality, a distaste for the unseemly ’embodiedness’ of the filmic text”

6) the “myth of facility . . . the somewhat puritanical notion that films are suspectly easy to make and suspectly pleasurable to watch”

7) “a subliminal form of class prejudice, a socialized form of guilt by association”

8) “parasitism . . . parasitical on literature”

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Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing at Queens
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