Translation: A Kind of Adaptation (A Case study: Burton’s Movie Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Novel)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Instructor, faculty member of translation studies, English language and literature, Narjes University, Rafsanjan, Iran

2 Persian Literature, Persian Language and Literature, Narjes University, Rafsanjan, Iran

3 Instructor, Faculty member of Translation Studies, English Language and Literature, Narjes University, Rafsanjan, Iran


Adaptation is a new area in intertextual literary studies. The subject of this area is examining the ways of translating a text and changing it into other medias. The novel Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll has been the subject of many cinematic adaptations. The purpose of the present study is to examine the differences between Carroll’s novel and Burton’s adapted film Alice in Wonderland. For this purpose, drawing upon Cahir’s viewpoint about types of cinematic adaptations from literary text as a kind of translation and Corrigan’s definition of movie’s faithfulness to literary work, the plot, characters and four sections of the novel and the movie were compared and the changes were examined. It was shown that Burton’s cinematic adaptation of this novel can be taken as a traditional translation, in which characters, time, place, and the main plot of the story are kept but the added secondary plots to the story and continuous returns to the past present new dimensions and features of Alice’s character to the receiver.


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