Journal Article

<i>Cranford</i>, Popular Culture, and the Politics of Adapting the Victorian Novel for Television

Chris Louttit

in Adaptation

Volume 2, issue 1, pages 34-48
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/apn024
Cranford, Popular Culture, and the Politics of Adapting the Victorian Novel for Television

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This essay analyses recent trends and patterns in television adaptations of the Victorian novel since about 2005. Focusing closely on Andrew Davies's Bleak House (2005) and Heidi Thomas's Cranford (2007) it reads them alongside wider political, social and economic forces at work in the New Labour period. It argues that, much like the Blairite administration and other refashionings of British culture and heritage at this time, these adaptations seem on the surface to be quite innovative. In other, deeper ways, however, they show continuities with earlier more traditional examples of costume drama, and are quite conservative both in their politics and in their approach to the genre.

Keywords: Victorian novel; television adaptation; politics; New Labour; soap opera; heritage culture

Journal Article.  8502 words. 

Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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