It is the custom on the stage, in all good murderous melodramas, to present the tragic and the comic scenes, in as regular alternation, as the layers of red and white in a side of streaky bacon — Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Streaky Bacon is a curated website for teachers, students, and scholars. We provide a menu of adaptations in a variety of genres and media, useful to anyone interested in Victorian literature and culture or in the theory and practice of adaptation.
Teachers often season their syllabi or lesson plans with contemporary and multimedia adaptations to emphasize a text’s enduring relevance, to highlight its cultural moment, or to illustrate its potential for varying interpretations. Streaky Bacon helps teachers navigate the smorgasbord of existing adaptations and decide which are most appropriate for their needs. We offer a taste of potential readings that could be the base for new classes or add flavor to pre-existing lessons.
Students consume canonical works of literature not only in their classes but also through many forms of popular entertainment, from advertisements and websites to films and video games. For those interested in learning more about adaptations’ historical origins, Streaky Bacon provides reliable, scholarly overviews, each accompanied with a list of readings that might be a starting point for further research. All entries are written by professional scholars and reviewed by at least two members of the editorial board.
Scholars will also find Streaky Bacon a useful resource, a place to discover new adaptations of Victorian texts; to learn about the range of theoretical and practical approaches to adaptation; and to share research about newly discovered adaptations or even well-known adaptations that haven’t yet made our list. The site will become progressively more useful as more scholars contribute
As a group, the essays provide an index to how the Victorians have been consumed and remixed by later generations. Each entry provides a short, easily digestible overview of an adaptation of a Victorian text, including a few questions the adaptation raises and a list of further readings. The vast buffet of Victorian adaptations can be overwhelming, and so Streaky Bacon tags and categorizes essays for ease of navigation. You can start with the full menu of titles, browse the categories by genre of adaptation (poetry, prose, drama, or interactive), or search tags that group essays by themes or artists. Those interested in the theory behind the site can read our introductory essay.
Bon appetit and bon lecture!