In the 1990s U.S. and British adaptations of Jane Austen novels enjoyed unprecedented popularity. To find out why, one has to revise and go beyond what has dominated in the discussion of these films: the «fidelity-to-the-novel»-discourse and the «influence-of-national-cinema»-discourse. Thus, in this book film theory, film history, various kinds of film analysis (structural, feminist, Marxist) and literary analysis are combined. From these angles, the 1990s and previous Austen films are studied and compared, two of them in detail: the 1995 «U.S.» feature film Sense and Sensibility and the 1995 «British» telefilm Persuasion. This analysis shows: the 1990s Austen films, though reflecting certain features of British and Hollywood cinema and not greatly deviating from the novels, are independent works of art; also, they are products of their time, displaying, for instance, a liberal feminist attitude and criticism of class distinctions.
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The Author: Martina Anzinger was born in 1975 in Linz, Austria. She finished her studies in English and American Studies/French (for teachers) at the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2001 and her studies in Political Science/Media and Communication in 2002. The trimester 1998 to 1999 was spent abroad for studies in English Literature and Linguistics, History, and Political Science at Royal Holloway University in Surrey, England. From September 2002 on, she attends a one-year post-graduate course in journalism at the University of Westminster in London, England.
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