Journal Article

An Object of Interest: Observing Elizabeth in Andrew Davies' <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>

Narelle Campbell

in Adaptation

Volume 2, issue 2, pages 149-160
Published in print September 2009 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/app008
An Object of Interest: Observing Elizabeth in Andrew Davies' Pride and Prejudice

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Fourteen years after its first airing, screen writer Andrew Davies’ 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice remains a benchmark against which Austen adaptation is popularly measured. Noted for its ‘sexing up’ of period drama, the adaptation ostensibly addresses modern sensibilities and contemporary dramatic expectations. Davies’ interpretive choices place an emphasis on sensuality and bring focus to Darcy's desires. Such choices, however, overwhelm the distinctly female point of view present in Austen's novel and work to position Elizabeth Bennet as a sexual commodity. Davies’ adaptation, therefore, demonstrates a surprisingly conservative reading of Pride and Prejudice.

Keywords: Austen; objectification; gaze

Journal Article.  6195 words. 

Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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