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Retuning <i>The Piano</i>

Cora Kaplan

in Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748611478
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651627 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.003.0005
Retuning The Piano

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This chapter examines the film The Piano, including its plot, social impact and the controversies that surround it. It shows that the dominant mode in the film is melodrama, and determines that film is able to frame the questions of peoples' need and ability to know and posses the past more graphically and more successfully than the historical novels discussed in the previous chapters. The next sections examine the texts and contexts from which the film draws, and investigate the unusual temporality and geography of the virtual space in which the modern narrative and its historical referents coexist.

Keywords: The Piano; social impact; controversies; melodrama; virtual space; modern narrative; historical referents

Chapter.  15578 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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