Title: Macbeth, Throne of Blood, and the Idea of a Reflective Adaptation
Author: Joint author with Tzachi Zamir
Publication: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, volume 76, issue 3, pages 297–308
Date: 1 August 2018
Abstract: Adaptations have varied relations to their source material, making it hard to formulate a general theory. Avoiding the attempt, we characterize a narrower, more unified class of reflective adaptations which communicate an active and sometimes critical relation to the source’s framework. We identify the features of reflective adaptations which give them their distinctive interest. We show how these features are embodied in Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, an adaptation with a radically shifted perspective on the relation between character and situation compared to its Shakespearean source. We identify some of the artistic choices through which this response to the source is conveyed, such choices being a characteristic feature of reflective adaptations.