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Earl G. Ingersoll is Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Table of Contents
The Last Epic: David Lean’s A Passage to India
A Surprising Success: Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View
Breaking Ground: Merchant Ivory’s Maurice
Another Tuscany: Charles Sturridge’s Where Angels Fear to Tread
Handling an Icon: Merchant Ivory’s Howards End
About the Author
This volume offers nuanced discussion of the five film adaptations to date of E. M. Forster's work, all released between 1984 and 1992. By way of introduction, Ingersoll (emer., English, SUNY, Brockport) surveys recent developments in adaptation studies against a decades-long backdrop of critical insistence on "fidelity" to the source novel. Drawing on contemporary scholars like Deborah Cartmell, Imelda Whelehan, and Simone Murray, he then situates his close analyses of Forster adaptations in context of both the film industry and wider culture. At his best, the author is masterful, interweaving a detailed critique of the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of A Room with a View (1985) and debates over the status of "heritage film" and "costume film" (the latter a more nebulous label). …Ingersoll's observations are astute and engaging throughout. This is a must read for those interested in Forster and/or film adaptation. Summing Up: Recommended.
— Choice Reviews
Filming Forster is an important study. Ingersoll's cultural and historicist perspective offers a contemporary approach to Forster's novels as well as to their film adaptations.
— Louis K. Greiff, professor of English Emeritus, Alfred University