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Jane Austen in Hollywood [Paperback]

Sayre Greenfield , Linda Troost
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14 Dec 2000
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. Austen's ridicule of deceit and pretentiousness also appeals to our fin de siècle sensibilities. The novels were changed, however, to enhance their appeal to a wide popular audience, and the revisions reveal much about our own culture and its values. These recent productions espouse explicitly twentieth-century feminist notions and reshape the Austenian hero to make him conform to modern expectations. Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield present fourteen essays examining the phenomenon of Jane Austen as cultural icon, providing thoughtful and sympathetic insights on the films through a variety of critical approaches. The contributors debate whether these productions enhance or undercut the subtle feminism that Austen promoted in her novels. From Persuasion to Pride and Prejudice , from the three Emmas (including Clueless ) to Sense and Sensibility , these films succeed because they flatter our intelligence and education. And they have as much to tell us about ourselves as they do about the world of Jane Austen. This second edition includes a new chapter on the recent film version of Mansfield Park .

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; 2 edition (14 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813190061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813190068
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Such a book was sure to follow the Austen explosion and we welcome it." -- Literature/Film Quarterly

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What gave Harpo Marx the great idea of adapting Jane Austen for the screen was "a sentimental comedy in three acts" by an Australian named Helen Jerome, a dramatization of Pride and Prejudice that he saw in Philadelphia on October 28, 1935. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting 31 Jan 2006
By Kim
As I'm in the process of writing my thesis on contemporary adaptations on classic texts I'm killing myself trying to find books that mention the films I'm interested in... this book was an absolute god send.
As well as more academic (although still immensly readable) essays on adaptations and the decisions that have been made it also talks about the less academic films, such as 'Clueless'
The books is a fascinating read and I recommend it to everyone who has an interest in Jane Austen films. Terrific for students or fans of Austen alike
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read; easy to recommend. 21 Nov 2004
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Easy and accessible reading on a great writer. One of the best things about this book is the lack of critical consensus on so many important Austen issues (especially concerning her ostensible feminism and her indisputable irony)--it's always amusing (and enlightening) to listen in on a civilised, academic brawl! Do make sure to get the 2nd edition with 14 essays including the new one, "The Mouse that Roared."
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd edition 24 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The second edition (available only in paperback) contains a new essay, "The Mouse that Roared," about Patricial Rozema's film of Mansfield Park.
3.0 out of 5 stars Review 19 May 2014
By M. K - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I like the idea of this book I sadly felt I could not agree with several of the opinions stated. I feel that Sense and Sensibility(1995) as well as Persuasion(1995) are accurate representations of the novels and are true gifts to the world.:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to love the movies 23 Jan 2004
By Loretta Matson - Published on Amazon.com
This book really helped me explain Jane Austen to my husband. Now he watches the movies with me quite contentedly.
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