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Profit, loss, and collateral damage: disability and the bomb in Doctor Fischer of Geneva

Prout, Ryan ORCID: Profit, loss, and collateral damage: disability and the bomb in Doctor Fischer of Geneva. García, Alba Gómez, Juan, David Navarro and Álvarez, Javier Velloso, eds. Discapacidad y los límites de la ficción, Bern: Peter Lang, Berlin, pp. 165-186. (10.3726/b18755)

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This chapter sets out a close reading of the ways in which disability figures in Dr Fischer of Geneva, or the Bomb Party, and examines the film adaptation from a similar perspective. It makes reference to David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder’s work on Melville and disability in order to support the suggestion that Greene uses disability in Dr Fischer to interrogate a parasitic economy. With reference to several of the tripartite schemas that have been proposed as paradigms for determining the relationship between a written source and a filmed adaptation, the chapter establishes the principle differences between the representation of disability on the page, and on the screen. It argues that the work of isolating the instances of representation of disability, and of the discourses around it, in the two versions of the narrative is a necessary preliminary to re-reading Dr Fischer as a text amenable to a literary disability studies perspective.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JZ International relations
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disability Adaptation Graham Greene Parasitic economy War
Language other than English: French
Publisher: Peter Lang, Berlin
ISBN: 9783631848586
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2022 15:59

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