Glossary of key adaptation concepts
This page provides a central edited and structured list of the different adaptation concepts that the project subsumes. Each entry is a transclusion of the independent key term pages used in the project to create structured data.
These terms are relevant for full-text and significant partial-text adaptations.
Intersection - high degree of fidelity to original text
- "Here the uniqueness of the original text is preserved to such an extent that it is intentionally left unassimilated in adaptation" 
- "All such works fear or refuse to adapt. Instead they present the otherness and distinctiveness of the original text, initiating a dialectical interplay between the aesthetic forms of one period with the cinematic [or other] forms of our own period" 
Transformation is adaptation with a medium degree of fidelity to original text
- "Here it is assumed that the task of adaptation is the reproduction in cinema [or another medium] of something essential about an original text. Here we have a clear-cut case of film trying to measure up to a literary work, or of an audience expecting to make such a comparison”
- "Fidelity of adaptation is conventionally treated in relation to the ‘letter’ or to the ‘spirit’ of the text, as though adaptation were the rendering of an interpretation of a legal precedent" 
Borrowing is a adaptation with a low degree of fidelity to original text
These terms are relevant for relatively minor instances of adaptation or appropriation.
Reference is the small sampling of original text within another text, in a way that’s explicit or transparent about the original source (either through note, through context, etc.)
Allusion is the small sampling of original text within another text, but in a way that’s implicit, not transparent to the audience
- Andrew, Dudley. "Adaptation." Film Adaptation. Ed. James Naremore. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2001. 28-37. Print. 30.
- Andrew, Dudley. "Adaptation." Film Adaptation. Ed. James Naremore. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2001. 28-37. Print. 31.