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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird A Close Study of the Relationship Between Text and Film by R. Barton Palmer

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird A Close Study of the Relationship Between Text and Film

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird A Close Study of the Relationship Between Text and Film by R. Barton Palmer

To Kill a Mockingbird is an immensely important work of literature which is studied worldwide. Literature and film adaptations studies students will find plenty of material to support their courses and essay writing on how the film versions provide different readings of the original text. Focussing on several film versions and adaptations, the book discusses: the literary text in its historical context, key themes and dominant readings of the text, how the text is adapted for screen and how adaptations have changed our reading of the original text. There are many references to the literary text and screenplays and the book also features quotations from directors, critics and others linked with the chosen film and text.


I recommend the book as an inspiring read not only for film buffs but for anyone reading or teaching the novel, regardless of educational level. Southwest Journal of Cultures (May 2009)

About the Author

R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature, Professor of Film and Screenwriting, British Literature at Clemson University (US) and the author of many books on literature and film.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th October 2008


R. Barton Palmer

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Methuen Drama an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


272 pages


Films, cinema
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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