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About the Journal

Adaptation is an international, peer-reviewed journal, offering academic articles, film and book reviews, including both book to screen adaptation, screen to book adaptation, popular and ‘classic’ adaptations, theatre and novel screen adaptations, television, animation, soundtracks, production issues and genres in literature on screen. Adaptation provides an international forum to theorise and interrogate the phenomenon of literature on screen from both a literary and film studies perspective.

Comments on Adaptation

"Adaptation shows a great deal of promise. [It] remains focused on the relationship between literature and film, but most of the articles stretch the definitions of ‘literature’, ‘film’ and ‘adaptation’ in productive ways. …Tom Leitch’s ‘Adaptation Studies at a Crossroads’…is literally a must-read.”
Dennis Crutchins, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance

"On the evidence of the first volume, it seems that the editors have more than fulfilled their aims."

"...Adaptation has established a valuable outlet for work by new and established scholars, proving beyond all doubt that adaptation studies is here to stay. I look forward to further volumes."
Laurence Raw, Literature/Film Quarterly

"The new journal, Adaptation, and the new Association of Adaptation Studies are most welcome developments in an area that has been for so long under-represented in academic circles. As a practitioner, I find it rather thrilling to be the object of scholarly investigation!"
Andrew Davies

"The two initial volumes of Adaptation and the papers given at the London conference continue to demonstrate how adaptation studies is confidently developing away from its traditional approach...

...The suggestion that adaptation studies might be a building block in film studies rather than an optional extra is persistent in Leitch's argument that 'adaptation has a serious claim to be not only a genre, but the master Hollywood genre that sets the pattern for all the others' and in Falconer's musing that 'perhaps all genre movies are adaptations'. Here there is a vision of a wider discipline based on the moves that adaptation studies has made; in pressing for more attention literacy and writing, Leitch argues for the development of 'the discipline of textual studies - the study of how texts are produced, consumed, canonized, transformed, resisted and denied'.
Film studies scholars may deem it only of minor interest, but we need to consider this shift in the light of the admirably dogged conceptual and methodological rethinking that has led to these developments...Adaptation studies seems to be emerging from a period in which it was obsessed with its object of study and methods of analysis. Now might be a good time for film studies scholars to pay attention."
Christine Geraghty, Screen

Abstracting & Indexing Services

Adaptation is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services:

Film Literature Index
International Index to Film Periodicals
MLA International Bibliography
MLA Directory of Periodicals


Deborah Cartmell
Imelda Whelehan

Book Reviews Editor

Monika Pietrzak-Franger

Film Reviews Editor

Kyle Meikle

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