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Senior Lecturer in English Literature, De Montfort University

Dr Hila Shachar is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and a member of the Centre for Adaptations whose research focuses on the adaptation of literary works and authors in various media including film, television, song, and ballet. She also has research expertise in nineteenth-century literature, feminist theory, film theory, the Beat authors, Australian and French cinema, and contemporary Australian and American literature.

Her book, 'Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), was featured in The New York Times, as well as nominated for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Her next book, 'Screening the Author: The Literary Biopic' (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), examines the screen adaptation of the figure of the author and biographies of well-known writers, including Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, the Brontës, and others. She is currently also working on a range of publications on other topics, including contemporary French film, the screen representation of the Holocaust and Jewish resistance fighters, and Australian screen adaptations.

Hila has considerable professional writing experience, and in her previous non-academic roles, she has worked in marketing, editing, and online content strategy, as well as working as a writer for The Australian Ballet. Her fictional work has appeared in several publications, and she was a finalist for the 2015 ELLE UK Talent Writing Competition and shortlisted for the February 2018 Bath Flash Fiction Award.

Teaching areas include: Adaptation studies; Film/Screen studies and theory; Nineteenth-century literature; Neo-Victorian studies; The Brontës; The Beat authors; Feminist theory and gender studies; Australian literature and film; Contemporary American literature.


  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer in English Literature, De Montfort University