Science Fiction Film & Television

Adapting to language

Anthony Burgess's and Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

Science Fiction Film & Television (2012), 5, (2), 221–241.

Abstract

Sf frequently suggests a self-conscious and sophisticated interrogation of language systems. This has provided cinematic adapters of sf novels with unique challenges. In this article I will first position the role of linguistics in sf in relation to the genre's broader practices and theory, and how these relate to adaptation concerns. I will then examine the role of language in Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1962) and how Stanley Kubrick uses filmic techniques to reflect upon this in his 1971 adaptation.

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