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Title: Virtual Metamorphoses: Cosmetic and Cybernetic Revisions of Pygmalion's "Living Doll"
Contributor(s): O'Sullivan, Jane (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: This paper offers an overview of popular cinematic remakes or re-visions of Ovid's tale of Pygmalion and conducts a close interrogation of three exemplary texts: 'Vertigo' (1958), 'Blade Runner' (1982), and 'Pretty Woman' (1990). Employing a largely feminist and psychoanalytic approach to film analysis, it argues that these narratives detail an essentially fetishistic process of substituting a notionally "real" woman with an ostensibly more manageable version. This process of remaking or making-over is considered in terms of the narrative content of the films and the meta-narrative of textual adaptation, with its associated issues of original versus copy and hierarchies of high and low cultural production.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Arethusa, 41(1), p. 133-156
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0004-0975
Field of Research (FOR): 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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