The Screen Adaptations series provides an in-depth look at how classic pieces of literature have been adapted for screen. It assesses the ways in which alternative screen interpretations offer up different readings of the original text as well as the methodologies and approaches of filmmakers.
Each title in the series collects together a vast array of study material, critical insight and thought-provoking comparisons - from literary context to the afterlife of the screen versions.
Shakespeare on Film is a huge area of study and Romeo and Juliet is one of his most popular plays with many teachers using film versions as a way of approaching the text. Focussing in the main on West Side Story and Baz Lurhmann's Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, this is a unique and comprehensive insight into the adaptation process providing a vital study aid for students.
Courtney Lehmann is the Tully Knoles Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English and Film Studies and the Director of the Humanities Scholars Program at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Notable works include: What "ish" an Auteur?: Re-conceptualizing Shakespearean Authorship from the Bard to Branagh (1998), Shakespeare Remains: Theater to Film, Early Modern to Postmodern (2002), Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema (2002) and The Reel Shakespeare: Alternative Cinema and Theory.