Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company by Hila Shachar

I’ve been waiting all week to write this post: my book has been published!! I am beyond excited. Here are a few details about the book:

What’s it called? Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company.

Who is your publisher? Palgrave Macmillan.

What’s it about? Here’s the book description:

The image of Emily Brontë’s famous characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, traversing the romantic English moors, has come to define the meaning of her nineteenth-century novel, Wuthering Heights. Yet, it is an image that has been invented by the novels film and television adaptations. Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature examines what happens to literary works when they become part of cultural memory through continual screen adaptation. Moving from the 1930s to the current age, Hila Shachar explores the cultural legacy and screen ‘afterlife’ of Brontës Wuthering Heights alongside its company of other adaptations from the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and others. Shachar situates the analysis of these adaptations within a historical context, examining how cultural trends influence how a classic work is adapted, and in turn, how adaptations help shape perceptions about national identities, history and gender. The scope of this examination is wide, ranging from subjects such as feminism, heritage cinema, costume films, popular teen culture, music video television, neo-Victorianism, French cinema, the rise of English Studies, classic Hollywood cinema, and others. Written in a lively manner, this book offers a long overdue discussion of popular film and television adaptations that have not been examined before, providing an understanding of how these adaptations help shape our cultural landscape.

Where can I read a preview? Here you go. In that link you’ll be able to read a sample of 10 pages from the book, the contents page and index. It should give you a good idea of what it’s about.

Where can I buy it? Lots and lots of places, as it’s being published worldwide, and may even get some translations. Here are a few online shops (please note that the US release date will take a little bit longer):

Palgrave Macmillan’s Website
The Book Depository
Amazon UK

And being released very soon on 21 August in the US:

Macmillan’s Website
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

The book is available in many, many other online and regular stores, so this is by no means a comprehensive list.

Have another question about the book? Ask away in the comments field below, and I’ll do my best to answer it. Or, you can feel free to email me if you’d prefer to ask in private.

I really want to say a big thank you to you all for the support throughout the process of seeing it through to publication. The encouraging comments and emails I received meant a lot to me. And to the person who tweeted a while ago they’d buy the book because Tom Hardy is on the cover, I salute you. I am very glad I got to choose the cover image!

Of course, I’d love everyone to spread the word about the book, as a book without readers is a lonely thing. So feel free to re-blog and share the information in this post, you have my full permission.

I plan on celebrating now, with an online celebration included. So next week begins a series of guest posts from some of my online friends who will be posting on the theme of ‘celebration’. Call it an online book launch party, to which you’re all invited.

Before I finish off this post, can I just say it one more time? My book has been published! Okay, it’s out of my system now.

33 comments:

Jane Flanagan said...

I'm so happy for you! Congratulations. I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Gracia said...

So very happy for you, Hila. This is exciting news! Enjoy that euphoric feeling that comes from achieving something so brilliant.

xo

elsan said...

Hila, that's fantastic news, you must be so excited (well, actually, I can tell that you are)!! :)

odessa said...

Ah, so happy and excited for you, Hila! This calls for a celebration, indeed. And I can't wait to read your book.

Cheers!

amy said...

YAAAAY! :)

Nit said...

Congratulations!!! That's absolutely great!

cluelesspixie said...

Yay!!! It looks amazing. Congratulations!

ronnie said...

WOW! congratulations and a big pat on the back too!

Maša said...

Congratulations!! :D

Danielle P. said...

Congratulations! I'm thrilled for you, dear Hila!

Sally said...

Congrats, that's so exciting!

And what's more, it's just the kind of book I'd love to read. Makes me think of a class I took at university called "Victorian Afterlife" - such cool stuff.

Megan said...

Congratulations, Hila! This is such a huge accomplishment, you should be so proud. So wonderful!

rooth said...

Congratulations Hila! You should be extremely proud

Clare said...

Congratulations! That is such a wonderful accomplishment, and the book looks great.

Kelly said...

Many sincere congratulations. This is a big deal, and you deserve to celebrate. Pop those corks!

Xixia said...

This is so cool! Congratulations on having your book published. That is such an achievement. ^^
And this looks like such an interesting topic!
♥ xixia | thisisxixia.com

wingeddeer said...

Congratulations Hila! such an achievement!!

Niina said...

Congratulations! Wonderful subject. It must feel very gratifying after huge amounts of work. If there´s a keynote speech nearby please let me know ;-)

jodi said...

How wonderful! Congratulations to you... I hope there will be many editions and translations down the road!

Felix Curds said...

ohmygawd-omgmygawd-ohmygawd congratulations, hila! i can't say i'm that surprised though, you work super hard and are a brilliant writer:) and i must say, that is a charming cover;) i look forward to reading your book!!

Amy said...

Congrats Hila! I'm so happy for you! It looks extremely interesting. I'll have to check it out.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations! How exciting for you!

I can't wait to read this...I JUST re-watched the Tom Hardy/Charlotte Riley version of Wuthering Heights last week. It'll be see interesting to read your thoughts about these adaptations!

Teresa said...

MEGA congratulations!!
It must feel amazing to have it published and out all over the world for everyone to read! :)

heleen said...

Hooray! Congratulations, Hila! I know you worked hard for, and looked forward to, this event to finally happen and I wish you all the happiness and satisfaction that comes with its accomplishment! All my best x x x

caferennais said...

Congratulations Hila! :)

Just read the excerpt of your book, lots of ideas to digest but it really intrigued me. Hope I can get myself a copy of your book soon. Cheers! :)

Rambling Tart said...

HOORAY! HOORAY! HOORAY! SO excited for you, Hila! Absolutely thrilled for you. :-)

Gisela said...

Congratulations! Keep on writing
:-)!

Love
Gisela
xox

Anis said...

Congratulations, I am currently in Manchester, but I'll try to have a quick look at it, being fond of screen adaptations, especially of English novels!
Hope this is a success.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Woohoo! Way to go, Hila.

Sarah Rooftops said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations Hila! How exciting!

Sasha said...

Congratulations! It must be super exciting to see all of your hard work in its final stages! Looking forward to the US release. :)

Kate said...

So fantastic that it's finally out there! I'm raising my glass of cold white to you and planning the time when I can read it.

Hila said...

Thank you so much everyone!! xo