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REPETITION WITHOUT REPLICATION: A STUDY OF HOW MODERN ADAPTATIONS ALTER THE SOCIAL ARGUMENTS IN THE BRONTË SISTERS’ NOVELS JANE EYRE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, AND THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL

Simpkins, Courtney S. (2016) REPETITION WITHOUT REPLICATION: A STUDY OF HOW MODERN ADAPTATIONS ALTER THE SOCIAL ARGUMENTS IN THE BRONTË SISTERS’ NOVELS JANE EYRE, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, AND THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

In spite of the substantial work completed by scholars regarding literary adaptations compared to their source texts, “Repetition without Replication” aims to delve further into this discussion by focusing on specific social arguments present in the novels by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë, but missing or altered in the adaptations of these works. These arguments include the importance of homosocial relationships in a young woman’s life, the roles of religion and competition in the building or demolishing of these relationships, the nineteenth century’s preoccupation with female appearance, and the dangers of the patriarchal institution of marriage. The cinematization of a novel is a delicate process, and for many critics and movie buffs, the fidelity of the adaptation tells whether or not it is a successful rendition. If too many details are altered, the arguments in the original text are inherently changed as well. To this effect, my thesis examines these specific arguments in three novels – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – and their adaptations for the ways in which the adaptors have enhanced or diminished the arguments by adding, deleting, or simply changing certain pivotal scenes.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Courtney S. Simpkins
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2016 19:27
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 19:27
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/258

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