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Jane Austen in Hollywood

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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. Aus ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published December 14th 2000 by University Press of Kentucky
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Katherine Lavelle
Even though this book was published in 2000, which means that it doesn't include the slew of PBS/BBC adaptions from 2007, or the 2005 feature film of Pride and Prejudice, this book is an enjoyable read about the Austen adaptations. The collection of essays explore a number of issues related to these adaptions, such as the female gaze, and the implications of the accuracy of the adaptations. The book is about 200 pages and the essays are relatively short.
Devoney Looser
I contributed a chapter to this book, so this isn’t a disinterested review, but I’m really pleased to have been a part of a great collection! Editors Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield have given us a terrific book on a popular and fascinating subject.
Mar 28, 2012 Mirte rated it liked it
I read this for my Bachelor's Thesis, and I must say: it was fun! All sorts of adaptations are discussed, and many different aspects come forward in the many essays that are included in this volume. A pity is that the book stems from the 1990s, making it somewhat outdated by now.
Nov 16, 2008 Jane rated it it was ok
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A very basic examination of Austen films -- It needs a major update to include films like the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. I know, it's hardly their fault that the book was written in 2001, but it still needs a new edition.
Ayne Ray
Feb 08, 2012 Ayne Ray rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and entertaining examination of Austen's explosion in popular culture through the slew of movies that appeared in the mid 1990s.
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Jan 19, 2013 Loretta Matson rated it it was amazing
This book really helped me explain Jane Austen to my husband. Now he watches the movies with me quite contentedly.
Oct 21, 2007 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fellow jane-ites
regency england still resonates for a reason ...
Lady Dixie
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Feb 05, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Not what the title suggests. A fairly scholarly discussion of the spate of Austen adaptations in the mid 90s. But pretty funny. I enjoyed the way the different essayists all picked up on the same parts of the adaptions.
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