Moving between Literature and Cinema: Adaptation and Appropriation of Jane Austen's Major Novels

By Fatemeh Gholipour Fereydouni.

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Moving between Literature and Cinema examines the diverse interpretations of Jane Austen’s major novels translated for the screen. It shows how cinematic presentations give us insights into interpretations of the original works. No matter what our impressions from the books might be, we will see that the impression we get from the on-screen versions are not the same. Most of these films inspire fruitful meditations on the themes of Austen’s texts. This act of creativity is also testament to the fact that readers of the same text make different responses. Therefore, the different screen versions of a single novel, which result from the different responses of the filmmakers as readers, lead to diverse audience responses. The book also explores how intertextuality, as a technique in art, is used both in Austen’s own novels and in cinematic translations. Moving between Literature and Cinema shows how alterations and additions appear through each film as the manifestation of the filmmakers’ responses. It indicates where the films make interpretive assumptions about the original text. This study seeks to explore why and how an original story (conceptual sign) can be represented or modernized through a film (perceptual sign) within the frameworks of prevailing literary and film theories.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.316MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.

Fatemeh Gholipour Fereydouni

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Fatemeh Gholipour Fereydouni, PhD, is an Iranian scholar, film critic, journalist and translator. She has taught at different universities in Iran and has published a number of scholarly essays in international journals.

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