Recreating Jane Austen

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 2, 2001 - Literary Collections - 179 pages
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Recreating Jane Austen is a book for readers who know and love Austen's work. Stimulated by the recent crop of film and television versions of Austen's novels, John Wiltshire examines how they have been transposed and 'recreated' in another age and medium. Wiltshire illuminates the process of 'recreation' through the work of the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, and offers Jane Austen's own relation to Shakespeare as a suggestive parallel. Exploring the romantic impulse in Austenian biography, 'Jane Austen' as a commodity, and offering a re-interpretation of Pride and Prejudice, this book approaches the central question of the role Jane Austen plays in the contemporary cultural imagination.
 

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Contents

Imagining Jane Austens life
13
Recreating Jane Austen Jane Austen in Manhattan Metropolitan Clueless
38
An Englishwomans constitution Jane Austen and Shakespeare
58
From drama to novel to film inwardness in Mansfield Park and Persuasion
77
Pride and Prejudice love and recognition
99
The genius and the facilitating environment
125
Notes
140
A note on films cited
163
Bibliography
165
Index
176
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