Publication Announcement: Adaptation and Television Series (Transcr(é)ation, Summer 2023)

Publication Announcement: “Adaptation and Television Series”, Transcr(é)ation, Vol. 3 No. 1 (Summer 2023)

Transcr(é)ation, a specialty journal dedicated to intermediality and the dialogues between texts and films would like to announce the publication of its third dossier: Adaptation and Television Series”. Since the advent of the “third golden age” of television at the beginning of the 21st century, television series have been promoted, both by viewers and commentators, as complex narratives (Mittell, 2015) created by production techniques worthy of filmmaking. Critical approaches to television series often highlight the quality of their narrative writing. Screenwriters and character development teams have become the central figures of the creative process. An “authorist” vision (Wells-Lassagne, 2022) is regularly put forward in the marketing of programs such as The Sopranos (HBO, 1999-2007) or The Wire (HBO, 2002-2008) thanks to the showrunners David Chase and David Simon. Moreover, television series offer rich fictional worlds, whether they are depicted in productions praised by critics such as Six feet under (HBO, 2001-2005), Mad Men (AMC, 2007-2015) or The Wire, in sitcoms like Schitt’s Creek (ITV, 2015-), and even soap operas or criminal dramas. All series possess the ability to create a dense universe, inhabited by fictional characters with whom viewers can connect (Esquenazi, 2014). Since contemporary series are necessarily “open” narratives, they require new analytical tools (Boni and Berton, 2019) and reshuffle the traditional categories of narratology (Jost, 2016). In short, television series are innovative in all aspects.

This dossier is published entirely in French and features an introduction from Jessy Neau (Université de Poitiers) alongside 8 original articles.

Read the full issue here