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December 16, 2012

19th Century vacation viewing

I mentioned in the last week of classes that a BBC adaptation of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone is coming up over the vacation but I can't find any further information on this and it looks as though it may have been delayed until 2013.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other very good adaptations for the texts of the next unit. The 2005 Bleak Housewith Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther and Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock is an excellent watch, managing to capture much of the novel's complexity over 15 episodes. On the University of Warwick's Celebrating Dickens website you can hear screenwriter Andrew Davies talking to Jon Mee about the making of Bleak House; there are also a number of other podcasts on Bleak House and Victorian Britain which might be of interest.

The BBC's Daniel Deronda is also very good. Ones that I have yet to watch, but which come highly recommended from colleagues, include this Moonstone and Jude.

If you've watched any adaptations that you'd recommend then do share in the comments.


October 19, 2012

The Afterlives of Wuthering Heights

wuther1.jpgSomething you might want to think about this week, especially if you've seen any film adaptations of Wuthering Heights, is why and how the novel has generated such a strong cultural afterlife: why does it remains so popular for film and tv adaptations, and what idea of Wuthering Heights do those adaptations present?

This is something I discussed in a piece for the Knowledge Centre on The Victorian Texts that TV Forgot, thinking particularly about the 2011 film of Wuthering Heights as a good example of how new adaptations of familiar texts can add value to wider understanding and interpretations of novels. There's also an interesting piece on the Knowledge Centre about Jane Eyre adaptations.

My original review of the Wuthering Heights film picks up on some of the themes of landscape and setting that we'll think about next week, and can be read here.


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