Written specifically with the student in mind and focusing on a number of well-known texts, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Nicholas Nickleby, Nice Work and The Color Purple, the contributions in this book demonstrate how we can look critically at literary adaptations and learn to distinguish between mythical images and the reality of the process that constructed them. They argue that adaptations should not be seen as secondary or marginal, because through them we can enter into an exciting debate with the literary text itself. Originally published in 1993.

Introduction  1. Dangerous Les’s Liaisons Graham Holderness  2. Dismembering Devils: The Demonology of Arashi ga oka (1988) and Wuthering Heights (1939) John Collick  3. Dickens and Adaptation: Imagery in Words and Pictures Grahame Smith  4. Adapting Dickens to the Modern Eye: Nicholas Nickleby and Little Dorrit Christopher Innes  5. ‘The Devil is Beautiful’: Dracula: Freudian Novel and Feminist Drama Jan McDonald  6. A Woman’s Love: D.H. Lawrence on Film Neil Taylor  7. Shared Dreams: Reproducing Gone with the Wind Harriett Hawkins  8. Spies in the House of Quality: The American Reception of Brideshead Revisited Spencer Golub  9. From Walker to Spielberg: Transformations of The Color Purple Joan Digby  10. A Play for England: The Royal Court Adapts The Playmaker Jim Davis  11. Adapting Nice Work for Television David Lodge