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This concise and readable new text for courses in Film Adaptation or Film and Literature introduces students to the art of adapting works of literature for film. Adaptation describes the interwoven histories of literature and film, presents key analytical approaches to adaptation, and provides an in-depth overview of adaptations of novels, short stories, plays, nonfiction, and animation. The book concludes with an analysis of why adaptations sometimes fail.
John Desmond is Associate Professor of English at Dutchess Community College, where he teaches courses in composition, film and literature, and politics and films.
Peter Hawkes is a professor of English at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English from Columbia University. He teaches courses in composition, literature, and film and has published a number of articles on literature and writing pedagogy.