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October 27 , 2007

Screen Adaptations: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

A close study of the relationship between text and film


The study of literature on screen is a growing area of study in schools and universities. Many students have to produce critical essays comparing the novel and film versions of a particular text. The Screen Adaptations series offers a wealth of study material: from the literary context of the original work, through to thought-provoking comparisons of the screen versions, critical commentary and the afterlife of the films.

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