Charles Forceville (2002). “The conspiracy in The comfort of strangers – narration in the novel and the film.”

“The conspiracy in The comfort of strangers – narration in the novel and the film.” Language and Literature 11: 131-147.

Abstract: Since stories increasingly take on pic­torial and mixed-medial forms, nar­ratology needs to investigate to what extent nar­ra­tive devices exceed the boundaries of a specific me­dium. One way to examine this issue is to focus on film adap­tations of nar­rato­logically complex novels or stories. This article presents a detailed com­parison of the nar­ration in McEwan’s (1981) The Comfort of Strangers and Schrader’s (1990) film based on a scenario by Harold Pinter. It is shown how the novel creates deliber­ate con­fusion (via free indirect speech and thought) about the agency responsible for the con­veyance of crucial infor­mation, and how the film finds non-verbal means to achieve the same effect. Keywords: Narration in fiction and film, Free Indirect Discourse, The Comfort of Strangers, Ian McEwan, Paul Schrader, Harold Pinter.

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