Voltaire's "Candide" and the Methodology of Dramatic Adaptation

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Title: Voltaire's "Candide" and the Methodology of Dramatic Adaptation
Authors: Ballachey, Catherine
Date: 2016
Abstract: This thesis details the search for dramaturgical methodologies of adaptation with the additional component of a creative project used to put those methodologies into practice. In particular, my research has been focused on the methodologies available for transforming static or descriptive moments of literature into compelling works of drama. My discussion on this process begins by tracing the scholarly developments in the field of adaptation studies, which have led away from what Linda Hutcheon calls “fidelity criticism” and have opened up a new vein of praxis-based research in recent years. Specifically, I trace the path to a four-step formula for the development of theory first suggested by Edward Said and later tailored to the process of adaptation by Linda Hutcheon. The formula itself advocates the balance of research and creativity, which has been an ideal framework for this thesis document. The second chapter of this thesis focuses on an application of this formula for a dramatic adaptation of Voltaire’s notorious novella Candide, or All for the Best, which presents the particular problematic of a densely philosophical novella. Candide also furnishes an interesting case study for the four-step formula as it presents both a rich historical context and a complicated narrative structure. The third and final chapter details the specific dramaturgical choices made in working with the formula to create a new adaptation entitled Survival of the Optimistic, and the implications these choices create for the adaptation process as a whole. The adaptation itself follows at the end of this thesis document.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35537
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-495
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