Big Fish, du roman au film : transécriture et représentation de la relation père-fils

Authors: Simon, Julie
Advisor: Beaulieu, JulieMarcoux, Jean-Philippe
Abstract: This study proposes an inter-disciplinary analysis of two versions of thesame narrative: Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportionsnovel by Daniel Wallace (1998) and Big Fish movie by Tim Burton (2003).The plot concerns the dynamics of a complex relationship between a father and his son. Confrontations about Edward’s memories lead both men on a quest for their own identity. Will also discovers the importance of family legacy. By taking on his father’s propensity for storytelling, Will perpetuates the family tradition.The movie is a cinematographed version of the novel. However, Big Fishmust be seen as a work of art on its own. By knowing both versions, the reader-spectator has a better understanding of the central narrative. Invoking the transwriting process, the plot and major themes of the novel are translated into a new medium, a movie. In this study, transwriting is conceptualized as a concrete representation of the legacy developed throughout Big Fish.The double-transmission of narrative is linked to an aesthetic preoccupation rooted in the politics of oral storytelling. To this end, the novel and the movie borrow from the Southern Gothic genre. Analyzing its major characteristics allows for abetter understanding of Big Fish, for the gothic elements carry hidden meanings. The story is also a result of the historical continuity that interweaves literary and filmic genres. From the mythical hero figure and the intense romantic emotions to the nature-loving pastorals, Big Fishaccumulates intertexts that a wide variety of artistic styles have handed down to posterity.The story’s style and content are thus interlinked, which shows that transmission is an unavoidable process. Edward and Will are fictitious representations of narrative process in constant evolution and development: the passing down and inheritance of knowledge. People learn from the past so as to evolve and improve man and his social relationships.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 28 March 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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