Jane Austen on Film and Television

A Critical Study of the Adaptations

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Sue Parrill is professor emeritus and former head of the Department of English at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Bibliographic Details

Sue Parrill
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 229
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1349-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8141-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1

1 Why Jane Austen?     3
2 Sense and Sensibility     16
3 Pride and Prejudice     45
4 Mansfield Park     80
5 Emma     107
6 Persuasion     148
7 Northanger Abbey     169

Appendix: Filmography of Austen Adaptations     189
Bibliography     205
Index     215

Book Reviews & Awards

“well written and thorough…a good bibliography”—Choice; “astute, impeccably researched and well-written…a critical study at its finest”—Classic Images; “amply illustrated…descriptive…interesting contrasts”—JASNA News; “interesting and easy-to-read…thought provoking…strongly recommend”—JASA Newsletter.