The Routledge Companion to Adaptation offers a broad range of scholarship from this growing, interdisciplinary field. With a basis in source-oriented studies, such as novel-to-stage and stage-to-film adaptations, this volume also seeks to highlight the new and innovative aspects of adaptation studies, ranging from theatre and dance to radio, television and new media. It is divided into five sections:

  • Mapping, which presents a variety of perspectives on the scope and development of adaptation studies;
  • Historiography, which investigates the ways in which adaptation engages with – and disrupts – history;
  • Identity, which considers texts and practices in adaptation as sites of multiple and fluid identity formations;
  • Reception, which examines the role played by an audience, considering the unpredictable relationships between adaptations and those who experience them;
  • Technology, which focuses on the effects of ongoing technological advances and shifts on specific adaptations, and on the wider field of adaptation.

An emphasis on adaptation-as-practice establishes methods of investigation that move beyond a purely comparative case study model. The Routledge Companion to Adaptation celebrates the complexity and diversity of adaptation studies, mapping the field across genres and disciplines.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction to the Companion

ByDennis Cutchins

part |50 pages

Mapping the field

chapter |11 pages

Pause, rewind, replay

Adaptation, intertextuality and (re)defining adaptation studies
BySarah Cardwell

chapter |10 pages

The theory of BADaptation

ByKamilla Elliott

chapter |12 pages

Adaptation and the concept of the original

ByRainer Emig

chapter |15 pages

An evolutionary view of cultural adaptation

Some considerations
ByPatrick Cattrysse

part |88 pages


chapter |9 pages

Towards a historical turn?

Adaptation studies and the challenges of history
ByGregory Semenza

chapter |13 pages

Not just the facts

Adaptation, illustration, and history
ByThomas Leitch

chapter |10 pages

Adaptations and the media

ByKyle Meikle

chapter |9 pages

Literary biopics

Adaptation as historiographic metafiction
ByElaine Indrusiak, Ana Iris Ramgrab

chapter |11 pages

Notoriously bad

Early film-to-video game adaptations (1982–1994) 1
ByRiccardo Fassone

chapter |11 pages


Appropriation as afterlife 1
ByJohan Callens

chapter |15 pages

Adaptations, Culture-texts and the literary canon

On the making of nineteenth-century ‘classics’
ByLissette Lopez Szwydky

part |100 pages


chapter |11 pages

Queer adaptation

ByPamela Demory

chapter |12 pages

Fidelity, medium specificity, (in)determinacy

Identities that matter
ByShannon Brownlee

chapter |13 pages

The critic-as-adapter

ByJosh Sabey, Keith Lawrence

chapter |12 pages

Adaptation’s originality problem

“Grappling with the thorny questions of what constitutes originality”
ByGlenn Jellenik

chapter |13 pages

Migration, Symbolic Geography, And Contrapuntal Identities

When death comes to Pemberley
ByCarol Poole, Ruxra Trafoiu

chapter |11 pages

Adapting identities

Performing the self
ByKatja Krebs

chapter |14 pages

Adaptations down under

Reading national identity through the lens of adaptation studies
ByClaire McCarthy

chapter |11 pages

Adaptation and the Australian film revival

ByBrian McFarlane

part |68 pages


chapter |11 pages

Embodying change

Adaptation, the senses, and media revolution
ByAma Ruud

chapter |9 pages

Great voices speak alike

Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables
ByBradley Stephens

chapter |13 pages

Lux presents Hollywood

Films on the radio during the ‘golden age’ of broadcasting
BySuzanne Speidel

chapter |9 pages

Reconfiguring the Nordic Noir brand

Nordic Noir TV crime drama as remake
ByYvonne Griggs

chapter |14 pages

Tweeting from the grave

Shakespeare, adaptation, and social media
ByAnna Blackwell

chapter |10 pages

Adaptation, fidelity and reception

ByDennis Cutchins, Kathryn Meeks

part |92 pages


chapter |13 pages

Adaptation from the temporal to the spatial

Materialising Dickens’s imaginings
ByJoyce Goggin

chapter |13 pages

An art of borrowing

The intermedial sources of adaptation 1
ByAndré Gaudreault, Philippe Marion

chapter |9 pages

Blurring the lines

Adaptation, transmediality, intermediality and screened performance
ByBernadette Cochrane

chapter |12 pages

Sidewalk stories

Re-sounding silent film
ByJulie Grossman

chapter |10 pages

Sound stories

Audio drama and adaptation
ByJ. H. Richard

chapter |8 pages

Adaptation and new media

Establishing the video game as an adaptive medium
ByDawn Stobbart

chapter |13 pages

Memes, GIFs, and remix culture

Compact appropriation in everyday digital life 1
ByEckart Voigts