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Jane Austen and her works have been represented in popular culture in a variety of forms.

From Jane Austen: Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.[1] Amongst scholars and critics, Austen's realism and biting social commentary have cemented her historical importance as a writer.

From Jane Austen in popular culture: Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose social commentary and masterful use of both free indirect speech and irony eventually made her one of the most influential and honored novelists in English literature. In popular culture, Jane Austen's novels and her personal life have been adapted into film, television, and theater with each adaptation varying greatly in its faithfulness to the original.

Possibly New Intro (bad prphrs of orig artcl)???: Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction have placed her as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. [citation needed] In popular culture, Jane Austen, her personal life, and her novels have been depicted in various forms.

Public Image[edit]

PUBLIC IMAGE!!! Not Reception Hist. - Rmbr to link to Rcptn Hist.

During Her Lifetime[edit]

  • Little fame & no recog.
  • Choose to write "By a Lady"
  • Prince Regent - Emma

After Her Death[edit]

  • Most letters burnt.
  • Quote Virginia Wolf's essay
  • A Memoir of Jane Austen
  • Family tries to cover, or embellish. AMoJA's Engraving. "Dear Aunt Jane" "Spinster"

Modern Perception[edit]

  • "Queen of Romance"?
  • Jane Austen's Hollywood Power
  • "Clueless" exect asking to speak to JA
  • Fandom & Janeites may fit in here - Link to main articles

As a Fictional Character[edit]

Despite the fact that most of Jane Austen's letters were burnt after her death, and that Jane Austen kept no diaries, a few semi-biographical works have been released.

Film[edit]

In 2007, Anne Hathaway starred as Jane Austen in the biographical film Becoming Jane. [1] Based on the biography Becoming Jane Austen by John Spence, [2] the film centered on Jane Austen's early life, her development as an author, and the posited romantic relationship with Thomas Langlois Lefroy (James McAvoy).[1]

Television[edit]

Miss Austen Regrets, a television movie starring Olivia Williams as Jane Austen was released on the same year. Based on Jane Austen's surviving letters, the semi-biographical television movie focused on the last few years of Jane Austen's life as she looked back on her life and loves and helped her favorite niece, Fanny Knight (Imogen Poots), find a husband. [citation needed]

List of Biographies[edit]

Waves of JA adaptations[edit]

  • 1940s
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s - "Darcymania," "Modern Adaps like Clueless (exect asked to meet JA)," "JA's 'Hollywood' Power"
  • 2000s - Anthology of Jane Austen Season/The Complete Jane Austen, "MashUp, spinoffs, etc" buzz around P&P&Zombies
  • 2010s -

Novels[edit]

Sense and Sensibility[edit]

Jane Austen's first published novel in 1811.

Film
Year Film Director Screenwriter Elinor Dashwood Marianne Dashwood Notes
1995 'Sense and Sensibility' Ang Lee Emma Thompson Emma Thompson Kate Winslet
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998–1999 Ballykissangel Danny Byrne


Film and Television[edit]

Year Adaptation Elinor Dashwood Marianne Dashwood Director Screenwriter Reference Notes
1971 Sense and Sensibility
Television Miniseries
Joanna David Ciaran Madden David Giles Denis Constanduros
1981 Sense and Sensibility
Television Miniseries
Irene Richard Tracey Childs Rodney Bennett Alexander Baron
1995 Sense and Sensibility
Motion Picture
Emma Thompson Kate Winslet Ang Lee Emma Thompson [3]
2008 Sense and Sensibility
Television Miniseries
Hattie Morahan Charity Wakefield John Alexander Andrew Davies [4]
Related Works[edit]
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Theater[edit]

Related Works[edit]

Literature[edit]

Related Works[edit]
Referenced In[edit]

Pride and Prejudice[edit]

Year Adaptation Elizabeth Bennet Fitzwilliam Darcy Director Screenwriter Reference Notes
1938 Pride and Prejudice
Television Film
Curigwen Lewis Andrew Osborn Michael Barry
1940 Pride and Prejudice
Feature Film
Greer Garson Laurence Oliver Robert Z. Leonard Aldous Huxley
Helen Jerome
Jane Murfin
1952 Pride and Prejudice
Television Miniseries
Daphne Slater Peter Cushing Campbell Logan Cedric Wallis
1957 Orgoglio e pregiudizio
Television Miniseries
Virna Lisi Franco Volpi Daniele D'Anza Edoardo Anton An adaptation in Italian.
1958 Pride and Prejudice
Television Miniseries
Jane Downs Alan Badel Cedric Wallis
1961 De vier dochters Bennet
Television Miniseries
Lies Franken Ramses Shaffy Cedric Wallis
Lo van Hensbergen
An adaptation in Dutch.
1967 Pride and Prejudice
Television Miniseries
Celia Bannerman Lewis Fiander Joan Craft Nemone Lethbridge
1980 Pride and Prejudice
Television Miniseries
Elizabeth Garvie David Rintoul Cyril Coke Fay Weldon
1995 Pride and Prejudice
Television Miniseries
Jennifer Ehle Colin Firth Simon Langton Andrew Davies
2005 Pride & Prejudice
Feature Film
Keira Knightley Matthew Macfadyen Joe Wright Deborah Moggach

Northanger Abbey[edit]

Year Adaptation Catherine Morland Henry Tinley Director Screenwriter Reference Notes
1986 Northanger Abbey
Television Film
Katharine Schlesinger Peter Firth Giles Foster Maggie Wadey
2007 Northanger Abbey
Television Miniseries
Felicity Jones JJ Field Jon Jones Andrew Davies

Mansfield Park[edit]

Year Adaptation Fanny Price Edmund Bertram Director Screenwriter Reference Notes
1983 Mansfield Park (1983 TV serial)|Mansfield Park
Television Miniseries
Sylvestra Le Touzel Nicholas Farrell David Giles Kenneth Taylor
1999 Mansfield Park
Motion Picture
Irene Richard Tracey Childs Rodney Bennett Alexander Baron
1995 Sense and Sensibility
Motion Picture
Emma Thompson Kate Winslet Ang Lee Emma Thompson [5]
2008 Sense and Sensibility
Television Miniseries
Hattie Morahan Charity Wakefield John Alexander Andrew Davies [6]

Non-book Based[edit]

  • The 1980 film Jane Austen in Manhattan is about rival stage companies who wish to produce the only complete Austen play "Sir Charles Grandison" (from the Richardson novel of the same title), which was rediscovered in 1980.[7]
  • In the radio sitcom Old Harry's Game, Jane Austen is a minor recurring character who is in Hell. In it, Austen is discovered to have been incredibly violent, rude and foul-mouthed personally. As a result, she is one of the few people in Hell that Satan is frightened of and whom other sinners such as Hitler look up to.
  • In the science fiction book series Remnants, a subculture group called "Janes" emulate the mannerisms and ideals of the characters in Jane Austen's novels.
  • In the British Tv series Blackadder series 3 Blackadder explains he gave himself a female alias when writing a book as it is popular during the time and then explains that Jane Austen is in the same boat as she is really a Yorkshireman with a heavy beard.

Fandom[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Becoming Jane - The Official DVD Website" (Press release). Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved February 14 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Masterpiece Classic - Jane Austen Selected Resources - Books/Biographies" (Press release). Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Retrieved February 14 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Lee, Ang, dir. Sense and Sensibility. Adap. Emma Thompson. Perf. Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Hugh Grant. Columbia Pictures, 1995. DVD.
  4. ^ Alexander, John, dir. Sense and Sensibility. Adap. Andrew Davies. Perf. David Morrissey, Janet McTeer, Hattie Morahan, Charity Wakefield, Dan Stevens, Dominic Cooper, Mark Williams, Claire Skinner, Anna Madeley, Daisy Haggard. BBC, 2008. DVD.
  5. ^ Lee, Ang, dir. Sense and Sensibility. Adap. Emma Thompson. Perf. Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Hugh Grant. Columbia Pictures, 1995. DVD.
  6. ^ Alexander, John, dir. Sense and Sensibility. Adap. Andrew Davies. Perf. David Morrissey, Janet McTeer, Hattie Morahan, Charity Wakefield, Dan Stevens, Dominic Cooper, Mark Williams, Claire Skinner, Anna Madeley, Daisy Haggard. BBC, 2008. DVD.
  7. ^ BBC News. 2004. Rare Austen manuscript unveiled

Bibliography[edit]

  • Macdonald, Gina and Andrew Macdonald, eds. Jane Austen on Screen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN 0521793254.
  • Pucci, Suzanne Rodin and James Thompson, eds. Jane Austen and Co.: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Culture. Buffalo: State University of New York Press, 2003. ISBN 0791456153.
  • Troost, Linda and Sayre Greenfield, eds. Jane Austen in Hollywood. 2nd ed. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. ISBN 0813190061.