This paper explores the intertextual approach used by Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson during the adaptation process of The Shining (1980). The exploration is approached through new analysis of pre-production documents relating to The Shining from the Stanley Kubrick Archive and the Diane Johnson Archive. Notes and comments on many books and authors related to the research and development of the film can be found. Archive interviews with Stanley Kubrick and a new interview by the author with Diane Johnson link together these fragments and give further insights into the writing process and its relevance to the adaptation. A new analysis of the films intertextual engagement is offered by examining the wide range of literature referenced during the adaptation process: works from the early psychoanalytic movement, Gothic novels about obsession and loss, books exploring the lives of loners and outsiders, and theoretical texts on ghost stories, fairytales, and classical tragedy. I assess how this new evidence affects our understanding of the film, the filmmaker’s intentions and the wider understanding of the adaptation process and its relationship to the adapted cultural product.
Adaptation, Oxford Journals 2015