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Deborah Cartmell
Imelda Whelehan

Book Reviews Editor
Monika Pietrzak-Franger

About the journal

Adaptation is an international, peer-reviewed journal, offering academic articles, film and book reviews (including both book to screen adaptations and screen to book adaptations), popular and ‘classic’ adaptations …

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The Adaptation Essay Prize


Entries to the Adaptation Essay Prize 2017 are now open. The prize is open to anyone currently registered for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree on any subject within adaptation studies.

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The editors of the journal are pleased to announce that the winner of the Adaptation Essay Prize 2016 was:

Transmedia Adaptation, or the Kinesthetics of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
by Lida Zeitlin Wu

Lida's essay is free to read online.


The winner of the Adaptation Essay Prize 2014 was:

Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston's Body and Action Cinema
by Anna Blackwell

Anna’s Essay is free to read online.

Previous winners

All previous winners of the Adaptation Essay Prize are free to read online.

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Special Issues of Adaptation

Call for Papers: Adaptations and History

Guest edited by Jeremy Strong

Submissions are invited for this special issue on topics including: the history of adaptations, adapting history, biopics and adaptations, adaptation as historical appropriation, adaptations and period drama or heritage adaptations. 

Submission deadline: 31st March 2017

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Kubrick and Adaptation

Guest edited by I.Q. Hunter

The latest special issue of Adaptation on Kubrick and Adaptation is now available online.

The issue examines Kubrick’s adaptations and his importance to the field of adaptation studies. It features contributions on:

  • Spartacus
  • Lolita
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Shining
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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From Theatre to Screen - and Back Again!

Guest edited by Deborah Cartmell and Elinor Parsons

This issue features five essays written in response to the ‘From Theatre to Screen – and Back Again!’ held in February 2014 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Three papers focus upon screen versions of stage productions and the case studies chosen are located across the United Kingdom, America and Australia. The other two papers grant proportionally greater space to adaptations on stage in American and European contexts.

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Adaptation, Transmedia Storytelling and Participatory Culture

Guest edited by Pascal Nicklas and Eckart Voigts

This issue looks at the implications for adaptation studies of new media forms emerging from different participatory cultures. It features articles on:

  • Fandom within the Sherlock Holmes stories
  • Fan videos and period dramas
  • Adapting superhero comic books for the big screen

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The Association of Adaptation Studies

The Association of Adaptation Studies is a group of people drawn from literature and film backgrounds whose aim is to bring together the diverse strands and developments in the field.

Members of the association can subscribe to the journal at a heavily reduced rate.

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