Jane Austen in Hollywood

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Linda Troost, Sayre N. Greenfield
University Press of Kentucky, 2001 - Performing Arts - 221 pages
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In 1995 and 1996 six film or television adaptations of Jane Austen's novels were produced -- an unprecedented number. More amazing, all were critical and/or box office successes. What accounts for this explosion of interest? Much of the appeal of these films lies in our nostalgic desire at the end of the millennium for an age of greater politeness and sexual reticence. Austen's ridicule of deceit and pretentiousness also appeals to our fin de siècle sensibilities. The novels were changed, however, to enhance their appeal to a wide popular audience, and the revisions reveal much about our own culture and its values. These recent productions espouse explicitly twentieth-century feminist notions and reshape the Austenian hero to make him conform to modern expectations. Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield present fourteen essays examining the phenomenon of Jane Austen as cultural icon, providing thoughtful and sympathetic insights on the films through a variety of critical approaches. The contributors debate whether these productions enhance or undercut the subtle feminism that Austen promoted in her novels. From Persuasion to Pride and Prejudice, from the three Emmas (including Clueless ) to Sense and Sensibility, these films succeed because they flatter our intelligence and education. And they have as much to tell us about ourselves as they do about the world of Jane Austen. This second edition includes a new chapter on the recent film version of Mansfield Park.

  

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User Review  - Carissa.Green - LibraryThing

Not a whole lot of theory in these essays -- just a smattering here or there -- but some very fine analysis of our Jane's novels and the super-popular film adaptations, written at the height of Jane ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lesley - Goodreads

Well, its a collection of essays, so of course some are stronger than others. And its old, so there is no discussion of more recent films like the new Masterpiece versions, or Bride and Prejudice ... Read full review

Contents

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About the author (2001)

Troost is associate professor of English at Washington and Jefferson College.

Greenfield is assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

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