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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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In recent years, there have been numerous film and television adaptations of Jane Austen's novels, all critical and/or commercial successes. This scholarly anthology seeks to discover what accounts for the recent explosion of interest in Austen's novels. The 13 essays cover a wide range of topics, including how Hollywood has typically revised the novels' plots and characters for the screen, how modern productions present explicitly feminist themes, and how Hollywood has managed to mold 18th-century ideas to 20th-century expectations. While these are scholarly articles, they are engaging and sure to spark discussion. It should be noted that familiarity with Austen's novels is essential to fully appreciate the essays. Recommended for literary and film studies collections.--Ronald Ratliff, Chapman H.S. Lib., KS
From the Publisher
"Mediating between the Austen novels and the films, the essays in this collection are most illuminatory of the differences between the two historical periods. Is it a surprise that Austen's heroes, rather than her heroines, have had to be revised?" — Betty Rizzo

"This book has something for both the Austen scholar and the Austen enthusiast." — Booklist

"Few scholarly works excite sufficient demand to require a second edition within three yours of the first publication, but this collection of essays on Austen and Hollywood has attracted an audience far beyond academe." — Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography

"An excellent example of literary criticism, as each of the fourteen essays is well-researched and scholarly but with a touch of humor." — Film & History

"[These articles] are engaging and sure to spark discussion" — Library Journal

"Such a book was sure to follow the Austen explosion and we welcome it." — Literature/Film Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190068
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/14/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Watching Ourselves Watching 1
1 Out of the Drawing Room, Onto the Lawn 13
2 Balancing the Courtship Hero: Masculine Emotional Display in Film Adaptations of Austen's Novels 22
3 Misrepresenting Jane Austen's Ladies: Revising Texts (and History) to Sell Films 44
4 Austen, Class, and the American Market 58
5 Jane Austen, Film, and the Pitfalls of Postmodern Nostalgia 79
6 "A Correct Taste in Landscape": Pemberley as Fetish and Commodity 90
7 Mr. Darcy's Body: Privileging the Female Gaze 111
8 Emma Becomes Clueless 122
9 "As If!": Translating Austen's Ironic Narrator to Film 130
10 Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility as Gateway to Austen's Novel 140
11 "Piracy Is Our Only Option": Postfeminist Intervention in Sense and Sensibility 148
12 Feminist Implications of the Silver Screen Austen 159
13 Mass Marketing Jane Austen: Men, Women, and Courtship in Two Film Adaptations 177
App Austen Adaptations Available on Video 188
Selected Reviews, Articles, and Books on the Films, 1995-1997 191
Contributors 195
Index 197
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