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Featured in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune (both published in print editions too). Nominated for the 2013 Premier’s Book Awards.

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.

Where can I buy it? Lots and lots of places, as it’s published worldwide. Here are a few online shops:

Palgrave Macmillan’s Website
The Book Depository
Amazon UK
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.

Who do I contact for review/promotional copies of the book? Please note that most requests for review/promotional copies, and other marketing information, should be directed to my publisher, rather than to me. Serious requests will be answered promptly, and should be directed to: reviews@palgrave.com, or contact my publisher through their contact page. However, if you’re unsure where your query should be directed, I’m happy to answer any emails.

Can I buy a signed copy? Unfortunately, my publisher cannot provide signed copies directly. If you’d like a signed copy, you can mail your copy to me with reply paid postage to return after signing. This can be organised via email. A more affordable option would be a bookplate, which I can sign and send in a standard envelope, and anyone who wants that can reimburse me for the incurred costs through Paypal (around $10 or so). I’ve found some nice bookplates here and here. Email me if you’re interested.

Have another question about the book? Feel free to email me.