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Pride and Prejudice and the adaptation genre

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Following from the work of Thomas Leitch (2008) and Christine Geraghty (2009), adaptations that position themselves as adaptations are considered in relation to an evolving definition of an adaptation genre. In particular, Pride and Prejudice is regarded as a template for such a genre, a genre signified by a period setting; period music; a focus on intertitles, words, books and authors; the foregrounding of new media; the inclusion of artwork in the sets or in the mise-en-scne; implicit or explicit tributes to the author; and an appeal to a female audience through the insertion of female-friendly episodes. The films Pride and Prejudice (1940), Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Becoming Jane (2007) are examined in relation to this concept of the genre adaptation.
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Keywords: Jane Austen; Pride and Prejudice; adaptation; biopic; genre; romantic comedy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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  • Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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