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Screen Adaptations: Great Expectations

Brian McFarlane

DOI: 10.5040/9781408167656

ISBN: 9780713679090

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Literature and film studies students will find plenty of material to support their courses and essay writing on how the film versions provide different readings of the original text.

Focusing on David Lean's film of Great Expectations, the book discusses: the literary text in its historical context, key themes and dominant readings of the text, how the text is adapted for screen and how adaptations have changed our reading of the original text. There are numerous excerpts from the literary text, screenplays and shooting scripts, with suggestions for comparison. The book also features quotations from authors, screenwriters, directors, critics and others linked with the chosen film and text.

'[The Screen Adaptations series] offers some meaty ideas to film studies students.' The Stage