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Tracing Eurydice: Adaptation and Narrative Structure in the Orpheus Myth

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Tracing Eurydice: Adaptation and Narrative Structure in the Orpheus Myth

Cadrette, Ryan (2013) Tracing Eurydice: Adaptation and Narrative Structure in the Orpheus Myth. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The primary purpose of this thesis is to postulate a working method of critical inquiry into the processes of narrative adaptation by examining the consistencies and ruptures of a story as it moves across representational form. In order to accomplish this, I will draw upon the method of structuralist textual analysis employed by Roland Barthes in his essay S/Z to produce a comparative study of three versions of the Orpheus myth from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. By reviewing the five codes of meaning described by Barthes in S/Z through the lens of contemporary adaptation theory, I hope to discern a structural basis for the persistence of adapted narrative. By applying these theories to texts in a variety of different media, I will also assess the limitations of Barthes’ methodology, evaluating its utility as a critical tool for post-literary narrative forms.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Cadrette, Ryan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:August 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):van Wyck, Peter
ID Code:977729
Deposited By: RYAN CADRETTE
Deposited On:25 Nov 2013 17:07
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45
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