Jane Austen and Co.: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Culture

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Suzanne R. Pucci, James Thompson
SUNY Press, Jan 9, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 277 pages
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Jane Austen and Co. explores the ways in which classical novels -- particularly, but not exclusively, those of Jane Austen -- have been transformed into artifacts of contemporary popular culture. Examining recent films, television shows, Internet sites, and even historical tours, the book turns from the question of Austen's contemporary appeal to a broader consideration of other late-twentieth-century remakes, including Dangerous Liaisons, Dracula, Lolita, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Taken together, the essays in Jane Austen and Co. offer a wide-ranging model for understanding how all of these texts -- visual, literary, touristic, British, American, French -- reshape the past in the new fashions, styles, media, and desires of the present.
  

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Contents

The Jane Austen Phenomenon
1
In the Bedroom
6
How to Do Things with Austen
13
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
53
About History
71
Dangerous Liaisons
93
Partm At Home
130
Filming the Nineteenth Century
157
A Generational Gig with Jane Austen Sigmund Freud
179
Sleeping with Mr Collins
213
Gender and Desire
229
Popular Feminism
247
Television Film and Radio Productions of Austen
261
Contributors
267
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Suzanne R. Pucci is Associate Professor of French at the University of Kentucky.

James Thompson is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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