'Les Misérables' and the Twenty-First Century

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This chapter returns to the build-up and responses to the stage musical adaptation’s London premiere and identifies their uncanny similarities with both the novel’s publication in 1862 and the 2012 release of the Hollywood film version of the musical. This continuity indicates exciting reasons for the novel’s enduring success, and highlights current and potential future directions for Victor Hugo’s tale in the digital age (and the so-called 'age of the 99%') which suggest that 'Les Misérables' now cannot be confined to one medium alone. Hugo’s appeal to his readers to take his story and to identify personal meaning within its universal reach remains distinctly audible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication'Les Misérables' and Its Afterlives
Subtitle of host publicationBetween Page, Stage, and Screen
EditorsBradley Stephens, Kathryn M. Grossman
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4724-4087-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-4724-4085-3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2015


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