“Not your grandmother’s Victorians”!
So says Professor Thomas Leitch (University of Delaware) in his brilliant introduction of the latest publication by Cambria Press, Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation, an insightful volume of edited essays that not only builds on major film theory and also on critical and theoretical work specifically about Victorian film and television adaptations, such as The English Novel and the Movies (1981), edited by Michael Klein and Gillian Parker, and Victorian Afterlife (2000), edited by John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff, but the book also expands the field to include source texts from the long nineteenth century, beginning with Jane Austen and ending with Joseph Conrad.
Editors Abigail Bloom and Mary Sanders Pollock also extend the boundaries set by other collections by including responses to movies based not just on novels, but also on drama (Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde), short stories (“The Return” by Joseph Conrad), and poetry (“The Pied Piper” by Robert Browning)—and not just on literary and popular culture canons, but on lesser known works.
Cambria Press will be providing a generous 30% discount to all MLA attendees and their libraries, so stop by the Cambria Press booth to pick up your coupon. This is valid only for direct orders to Cambria Press.