Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow in the Humanities
2011—2012 Forum on Adaptations
Fellini's La Strada: A Journey Through the Written Word, the Screen, and the Stage
This project is a comparative analysis of the screenplay, movie, and play of La Strada by film director Federico Fellini and (screen)writer Tullio Pinelli. It draws on important theoretical contributions to analyze the structural defining features of each media and how they relate to one other in the specific case of La Strada. The beneficial exchange and the clash between written and visual signs in La Strada aims at addressing the overarching question of the reversible and irreversible implications of adaptation and interrogates the key problem of authorship in relation to the different media. It moreover wishes to illustrate the nature of the Fellini-Pinelli relationship and its consequences for world cinema.