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Representing the Eighteenth Century in Film and Television, 2000–2015

Authors: Gevirtz, Karen Bloom

  • Proposes a new way of thinking about popular culture and adaptation that views history as a form of adaptation
  • The first book to offer an extended study of the twentieth-century films and television productions of Gulliver’s Travels, Poldark, Crossbones, and Austenland
  • Addresses the need for prescient analyses of popular materials and vital new insights into the way culture and history are mutually constitutive categories
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This book analyzes early twenty-first century film and television’s fascination with representing the Anglo-American eighteenth century. Grounded in cultural studies, film studies, and adaptation theory, the book examines how these works represented the eighteenth century to assuage anxieties about values, systems, and institutions at the start of a new millennium. The first two chapters reveal how films like Gulliver’s Travels (2010) or the remake of Poldark (2015) use history to establish the direct relationship between the eighteenth century and the twenty-first. The final chapters examine pairs of productions for how they address and legitimate different aspects of contemporary ideology such as attitudes toward race and gender, or the connection between technological and social progress.

About the authors

Karen Bloom Gevirtz is Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Seton Hall University, USA, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature. She is author of Life after Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen (2005) and Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727 (2014), and co-editor of Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820 (2014) with Mona Narain.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gevirtz, Karen Bloom

    Pages 1-15

  • Gulliver’s Travels: Silly, Silly Stories

    Gevirtz, Karen Bloom

    Pages 17-38

  • Poldark: The Vampire That We Need

    Gevirtz, Karen Bloom

    Pages 39-61

  • Austenland: The Past Is a Foreign Theme Park

    Gevirtz, Karen Bloom

    Pages 63-95

  • Crusoe and Crossbones: Longitude and Liberalism

    Gevirtz, Karen Bloom

    Pages 97-129

Buy this book

eBook £29.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56267-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £37.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56266-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representing the Eighteenth Century in Film and Television, 2000–2015
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56267-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56267-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56266-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 134
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 illustrations in colour
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