“An Interlude”: Adaptation Without Nation: Ivan Turgenev and Brian Friel’s a Month in the Country and Patrick Marber’s Three Days in the Country

  • Catherine ReesEmail author
Part of the Adaptation in Theatre and Performance book series (ATP)


This brief chapter pauses to examine two adaptations of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country by playwrights already considered in the volume. The aim of this short chapter is to examine what adaptation without a significant change in national context might look like, and to consider how this case study might therefore differ from the adaptations already discussed in the book. Serving as a counterpoint to the earlier chapters, this interlude enables the reader to grapple with some of the slipperiness of adaptation definitions, asking what textual shifts might constitute adaptation, and which would be better defined as modernisation, suggesting a shift in the temporal setting of the play rather than a geographical one.


Primary Works List

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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