What happens to such cherished Victorian classics as Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray or Lewis Carroll's Alice books when they fall into the hands of hip young writers of our own time? How does a feminist version of R.L. Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde read? And, more generally, to what effects do contemporary British writers go back to 19th-century texts and rewrite them? Focusing on three revisions of popular classics, we will not only examine how the respective texts revise, modify or deliberately distort the originals they hark back to; we will also engage with some general theoretical aspects of intertextuality and cultural recycling.