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This chapter analyses the philosophical models that inform adaptation theory, focusing on variants of the word/image dichotomy in which the 'perceptual' nature of the filmic image renders it necessarily incapable of the complex symbolisation and conceptual abstraction of language. This will be followed by an assessment of Kamilla Elliott's analysis of the ways in which structuralist models of meaning serve to perpetuate the subordination of the image to the written word. The chapter draws on the author's previous work on Le Doeuff, which builds on her analysis of the theoretical capacity of philosophical imagery to create a model for tracing the conceptual aspects of filmic imagery. It offers a new methodology for thinking about adaptation in which the symbolic and conceptual aspects of figuration will constitute the key means of linking philosophical and filmic texts.

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