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Jane Austen in Hollywood
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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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.
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.
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 A pity is that the book stems from the 1990s, making it somewhat outdated by now.