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Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature
Wuthering Heights and Company
 
 
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17 Jul 2012
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The image of Emily Brontë's famous characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, traversing the romantic English moors, has come to define the meaning of her nineteenth-century novel, Wuthering Heights. Yet, it is an image that has been invented by the novel's film and television adaptations. Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature examines what happens to literary works when they become part of cultural memory through continual screen adaptation. Moving from the 1930s to the current age, Hila Shachar explores the cultural legacy and screen 'afterlife' of Brontë's Wuthering Heights alongside its company of other adaptations from the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and others. Shachar situates the analysis of these adaptations within a historical context, examining how cultural trends influence how a classic work is adapted, and in turn, how adaptations help shape perceptions about national identities, history and gender. The scope of this examination is wide, ranging from subjects such as feminism, heritage cinema, costume films, popular teen culture, music video television, neo-Victorianism, French cinema, the rise of English Studies, classic Hollywood cinema, and others. Written in a lively manner, this book offers a long overdue discussion of popular film and television adaptations that have not been examined before, providing an understanding of how these adaptations help shape our cultural landscape.


Description

The image of Emily Brontë's famous characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, traversing the romantic English moors, has come to define the meaning of her nineteenth-century novel, Wuthering Heights. Yet, it is an image that has been invented by the novel's film and television adaptations. Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature examines what happens to literary works when they become part of cultural memory through continual screen adaptation. Moving from the 1930s to the current age, Hila Shachar explores the cultural legacy and screen 'afterlife' of Brontë's Wuthering Heights alongside its company of other adaptations from the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and others. Shachar situates the analysis of these adaptations within a historical context, examining how cultural trends influence how a classic work is adapted, and in turn, how adaptations help shape perceptions about national identities, history and gender. The scope of this examination is wide, ranging from subjects such as feminism, heritage cinema, costume films, popular teen culture, music video television, neo-Victorianism, French cinema, the rise of English Studies, classic Hollywood cinema, and others. Written in a lively manner, this book offers a long overdue discussion of popular film and television adaptations that have not been examined before, providing an understanding of how these adaptations help shape our cultural landscape.


Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Screen Afterlife of Wuthering Heights
Before the Afterlife: Analysing Wuthering Heights
The Cinema of Spectacle: Establishing the Wuthering Heights Tradition on the Eve of Hollywood's Golden Era
Moving Backward, Looking Forward: Jacques Rivette's Hurlevent
Wuthering Heights in the 1990s: Peter Kosminsky's Ambitious Narrative
Catherine and Heathcliff for the Y Generation: MTV's Modernisation of Wuthering Heights
Critical Legacies and Contemporary Audiences: The Politics of Neo-Victorianism in ITV's 2009 Adaptation of Wuthering Heights
Afterword: Myths and Demystification
Appendix: Wuthering Heights Screen Adaptations
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index


Authors

HILA SHACHAR is an Honorary Research Fellow in the discipline of English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. She also works as a writer for The Australian Ballet as part of their Publications Team, as well as numerous other print and online publications.