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“Emma” 1995’s Depiction of Social Class

Emma 1995 – Columbia/Miramax feature film (120 minutes); Directed by Douglas McGrath; Screenplay by Douglas McGrath; Produced by Patrick Cassavetti and Steven Haft Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow…………………………….Emma Woodhouse Jeremy Northam……………………………..Mr. George Knightley Toni Collette………………………………….Harriet Smith James Cosmo………………………………..Mr. Weston Greta Scaacchi……………………………….Mrs. Weston … Continue reading

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August Birthdays for Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors!!

In August, these fine thespians are celebrating birthdays!      August 5 – Mark Strong, who portrayed Mr. Knightley in the 1996 TV version of Emma   August 6 – Romola Garai, who portrayed Emma Woodhouse in the 2009 version … Continue reading

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Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

There are those who claim Emma represents Jane Austen’s literary accomplishment. I am not of that persuasion, although I think my indifference comes more from the fact I do not find Emma Woodhouse a character I admire than it does … Continue reading

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A Marriage of Convenience as a Plot Point in Jane Austen’s Novels

What hope was there for the dowerless daughters of the middle class during Jane Austen’s lifetime? Such is a topic Austen explored repeatedly in her novels. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet sought men of a like mind. The Dashwood sisters found … Continue reading

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“I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me” – Dance as a Plot Device in Jane Austen’s Novels

  “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” (Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 3) During Austen’s time, young people looked for a potential mate at dances. Austen, herself, enjoyed a good dance, and, therefore, she … Continue reading

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Happy February Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

These fabulous Thespians have brought us hours of viewing fun in Austen-inspired films. Happy Birthday!        9 February – Ciarán Hinds, who portrayed Captain Frederick Wentworth in 1995’s Persuasion 15 February – Jane Seymour, who portrayed Mrs Wattlesbrook … Continue reading

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References to Austen’s Life and Writing in the Film “Becoming Jane”

Becoming Jane is an imaginative, romantic tale that captures Jane Austen’s spirit, while playing with the truth. Many of us who delve in Austen-inspired literature write our own “what if” stories, but one must be able to suspend reality and accept … Continue reading

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