Caliban's Books: The Hybrid Text in Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books
Abstract

This essay discusses Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books as an allegory of the adaptation of canonical literature to cinema, with The Tempest's colonial concerns refigured as a confrontation between a "masterful" original and an "unfaithful" follower. The essay then situates the film's meditation on the literary artifact and neobaroque aesthetics in opposition to the discourses of heritage circulating in Thatcherite Britain.


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