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Jane Austen on film and television : a critical study of the adaptations
Parrill, Sue, 1935-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

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221 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Why Jane Austen? -- Sense and sensibility -- Pride and prejudice -- Mansfield Park -- Emma -- Persuasion -- Northanger Abbey.
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Jane Austen's career as a novelist began in 1811 with the publication of Sense and Sensibility. Her work was finally adapted for the big screen with the 1940 filming of Pride and Prejudice (very successful at the box office). No other film adaptation of an Austen novel was made for theatrical release until 1995. Amazingly, during 1995 and 1996, six film and television adaptations appeared, first Clueless, then Persuasion, followed by Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, the Miramax Emma, and the Meridian/A&E Emma. This book traces the history of film and television adaptations (nearly 30 to date) of Jane Austen manuscripts, compares the adaptations to the manuscripts, compares the way different adaptations treat the novels, and analyzes the adaptations as examples of cinematic art. The first of seven chapters explains why the novels of Jane Austen have become a popular source of film and television adaptations. The following six chapters each cover one of Austen's novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. Each chapter begins with a summary of the main events of the novel. Then a history of the adaptations is presented followed by an analysis of the unique qualities of each adaptation, a comparison of these adaptations to each other and to the novels on which they are based, and a reflection of relevant film and literary criticism as it applies to the adaptations.

Author Notes

Sue Parrill, head of the English department at Southeastern Louisiana University, lives in Hammond, Louisiana

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The profusion of film and television adaptations of Austen's novels during the 1990s has generated a spate of new critical work, including Jane Austen in Hollywood, ed. by Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield (CH, Apr'99), John Wiltshire's Recreating Jane Austen (CH, Mar'02), numerous journal articles and essays in collections, and this most recent volume. Parrill (Southeastern Louisiana Univ.) surveys the history of the 30-plus dramatizations of Austen titles and compares them to the fictional originals, exploring the differences between cinematic and literary treatments. The author devotes a full chapter each to six major novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. Although well written and thorough, Parrill's book (and its approach) is much more pedestrian--less theoretically informed and culturally sophisticated--than most of the aforementioned studies. The present study will serve beginning undergraduates in both literature and film, but those wanting more incisive analysis--particularly around the feminist implications of Austen's work and the ways in which modern film adaptations suppress, rework, or augment those leanings--will need to turn to the other critics. Includes a filmography of Austen adaptations and a good bibliography. L. Armstrong Central Washington University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
I. Why Jane Austen?p. 3
II. Sense and Sensibilityp. 16
III. Pride and Prejudicep. 45
IV. Mansfield Parkp. 80
V. Emmap. 107
VI. Persuasionp. 148
VII. Northanger Abbeyp. 169
Appendix Filmography of Austen Adaptationsp. 189
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 215