Popular song and adaptation

Michael Anthony INGHAM

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Popular song is a genre that is characterized by adaptation and appropriation practices, in much the same way that other creative media and literary and screen genres are. In arguing that the relationship between the economically and socially significant creative song industry and adaptation theory and practice has not been sufficiently recognized hitherto, Chapter 18 introduces a framework for exploring both intramedial and intermedial varieties of adaptation. Taking off from American song composer Ned Rorem’s provocative designation of the song form as “a bastard,” the essay propounds a taxonomy of types and variations, providing and discussing illustrative examples of each.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of adaptation studies
EditorsThomas M. LEITCH
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780199331000
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017


  • adaptation
  • appropriation
  • popular song
  • song industry
  • Ned Rorem
  • hybridization and bastardization


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