The Cinematic Jane Austen
Essays on the Filmic Sensibility of the Novels
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About the Book
Jane Austen’s novels are loved because they possess a comedic power that is often conveyed through the singular voice of the narrators. Film adaptations, however, have often been unsatisfactory because they lack or awkwardly render features, particularly the voice of the narrators.
This work argues for a fresh approach that begins with a reading of the novels that emphasizes their auditory and visual dimensions. Building on their examination of Austen’s inherently cinematic features, the authors then develop productive new readings of the films.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
About the Author(s)
David Monaghan , Ariane Hudelet and John Wiltshire
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
1. Jane Austen: Sight and Sound
John Wiltshire 17
2. By Candlelight: Jane Austen, Technology and the Heritage Film
John Wiltshire 38
3. Beyond Words, Beyond Images: Jane Austen and the Art of Mise-en-Scène
Ariane Hudelet 57
4. Deciphering Appearances in Jane Austen’s Novels and Films
Ariane Hudelet 76
5. Mr. Darcy’s Smile
John Wiltshire 94
6. Reinventing Fanny Price: Patricia Rozema’s Thoroughly Modern
Mansfield Park 111
7. “A Cheerful Confidence in Futurity”: The Movement Motif in Austen’s Novel and Dear/Michell’s Film Adaptation of Persuasion 129
8. The Construction of a Myth: The “Cinematic Jane Austen” as a Cross-Cultural Icon
Ariane Hudelet 148
9. Afterword: On Fidelity
John Wiltshire 160
Chapter Notes 171
Book Reviews & Awards
“very smart, very sophisticated, and very useful book”—Journal of Popular Culture; “there is much of value in this book”—JASNA News.