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Sue Parrill, Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations

Sue Parrill, "Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations"
McFarland & Company | 2002 | ISBN: 0786413492 | 229 pages | siPDF | 6.5 MB

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.


1 Why Jane Austen?
2 Sense and Sensibility
3 Pride and Prejudice
4 Mansfield Park
5 Emma
6 Persuasion
7 Northanger Abbey
Appendix: Filmography of Austen Adaptations

Tags: qJaneAusten, qFilmmaking, qTelevision, qCinema, qLiterature, qLiteraryCriticism, q19CEngland, qHistory


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See Also:

Sue Birtwistle & Susie Conklin, "The Making of Pride and Prejudice"

Emma Thompson, "The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film"

Bill Carter, "Desperate Networks: Starring Katie Couric... and a Host of Other Movers and Shakers Who Changed the Face of Prime-Time TV"

Norton Critical Editions

Jane Austen, "Emma" (Norton Critical Editions), 3rd Edition

Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park" (Norton Critical Editions)

Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" (Norton Critical Editions), 3rd Edition

Scott McMillin, ed., "Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy" (Norton Critical Editions), 2nd Edition


John Sutherland & Deirdre Le Faye, "So You Think You Know Jane Austen? A Literary Quizbook (World's Classics)"

John Sutherland, "Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? More Puzzles in Classic Fiction" 2 puzzles on Austen novels

John Sutherland, "Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet? Further Puzzles in Classic Fiction (World's Classics)" 3 puzzles on Austen novels

Background Information

Daniel Pool, "What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist -- The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England"

Josephine Ross, "Jane Austen: A Companion"

Janet Todd (ed), "Jane Austen in Context (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen)"

Deirdre Le Faye, "Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels"

Julia Prewitt Brown, "A Reader's Guide to the Nineteenth-Century English Novel"

Ian Gregor (ed), "Reading the Victorian Novel: Detail into Form"

Wayne C. Booth, "The Rhetoric of Fiction (2nd Edition)"

Kristine Hughes, "The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England"

Michael Dobson & Stanley Wells (eds), "The Oxford Companion To Shakespeare"

John Rignall (ed), "Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot"

R. C. Terry, "Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope"

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