Lost in Austen: Pride and Prejudice in a Postmodern Form – between a Parody and Nostalgia Cover Image
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Zagubione w Austen: Duma i uprzedzenie w postmodernistycznej odsłonie – między parodią a nostalgią
Lost in Austen: Pride and Prejudice in a Postmodern Form – between a Parody and Nostalgia

Author(s): Urszula Terentowicz-Fotyga
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Media studies, Fiction, Studies of Literature, Novel, British Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses an ITV series Lost in Austen (2008), directed by Dan Zeff, as an example of postmodern play with Pride and Prejudice. Moving the contemporary heroine to the imaginary, textual sphere, the movie compares the reality of the 19th and the 21st century, emphasizing the visibly different positions of women. It not only “rewrites” the course of events, but also makes the tensions (which were previously silenced by the romance convention) more dynamic. Oscillating between the parody and nostalgia, Lost in Austen both continues and enriches Pride and Prejudice. Playful engagement with the original novel is the principal theme and motif of the series, but also the subject of its parodistic criticism. Lost in Austen engages both with the novel and with its 20th century reception. Moreover, by creative reinterpretation of the writer’s text, it shows the changing paradigms of the 20th century criticism and the cultural and literary theory. Highlighting the aspects of the novel important for the contemporary era, it initiates an interesting dialogue with the rich intertextual tapestry that contemporary popular culture weaved around Jane Austen.

  • Issue Year: 465/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 151-160
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish