Prof. Eleni Coundouriotis, Dept. of English
English Language and Literature | Other English Language and Literature
In this essay, I compare nineteenth-century novels to the film adaptations they inspired throughout history. Specifically, I examine how filmmakers amplify and detract from feminist themes present in the original works. To do this, I consider the film adaptation as an essay on the source text. No matter how directly a filmmaker attempts to transpose the narrative, the representation of narrative gaps within the source text will change. I theorize that these changes arise in tandem with cultural change, and that film adaptations of nineteenth-century novels that actively revise the text fall under the category of the essay film.
Thomas, Rylee, "The Film Adaptation as an Essay on Feminism in the Victorian Novel" (2021). Holster Scholar Projects. 30.