Macbeth, Throne of Blood, and the Idea of a Reflective Adaptation

Gregory Currie, Tzachi Zamir

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Adaptations have varied relations to their source material, making it hard to formulate a general theory. Avoiding the attempt, we characterize a narrower, more unified class of reflective adaptations which communicate an active and sometimes critical relation to the source's framework. We identify the features of reflective adaptations which give them their distinctive interest. We show how these features are embodied in Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, an adaptation with a radically shifted perspective on the relation between character and situation compared to its Shakespearean source. We identify some of the artistic choices through which this response to the source is conveyed, such choices being a characteristic feature of reflective adaptations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)297-308
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Music


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