Edited By Mirosława Buchholtz and Eugenia Sojka
Exploration – Adaptation: Towards Redefining the Relation between Literature and Film. The Case of Hateship Loveship
The fiction of Alice Munro, “one of the foremost practitioners of the art of the short story,” as The New York Times critics have announced,1 has been adapted for both TV and cinema. This does not come as a surprise, considering the fact that her works contain “a tremendous amount of material,” that is both “aesthetically pleasing, intellectually stimulating, and morally satisfying” (Martin 1987: 200). The worlds which she creates within her short stories are “new and exciting wholes” (Martin 1987: 190), reservoirs of rich narrative stock to be read and adapted. The opening story of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage collection is a case in point.
It is a story of Johanna Parry, a caregiver, whom we meet when she appears at a train station to arrange a shipment of some furniture to a place where she is apparently going. Johanna seems to be fleeing from the household of Mr McCauley, where she worked as a housekeeper and a caretaker for his granddaughter, Sabitha. As Sabitha’s father, Ken Boudreau, a widower, living elsewhere, sent Johanna a short note of appreciation for her job, she plucked up the courage to write back, starting a line of correspondence, which has eventually led to a love confession and invitation to join Ken and stand by his side. What Johanna does not know, however, is that the letters she received and thought about with such an affection were written by Sabitha and her school friend,...
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