Television Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma, 1972–2009
The aim of this paper was to analyse how three different television adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma (1815) avail themselves of the medium of television to narrate the story. The productions analysed are John Glenister’s BBC series from 1972, dramatised by Denis Constanduros; Diarmuid Lawrence’s ITV film from 1996, dramatised by Andrew Davies; and Jim O’Hanlon’s BBC series from 2009, dramatised by Sandy Welch. A close reading and formal analysis of the three television productions, against a close reading of the novel and theoretical perspectives on narration and adaptation by Seymour Chatman, Linda Hutcheon and Linda Costanzo Cahir, showed differences related to the different formats of TV series and TV film as well as to the differences in ideals and conventions related to television drama between 1972 and 2009.
Copyright (c) 2022 Mette Hildeman Sjölin
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The copyright for the work published in LJES will remain with the authors.
The authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions from copyright holders for reproducing materials such as illustrations, images, tables, parts of tables, figures and audio and video files that have been previously published elsewhere and do not fall under the usual practices of quoting and/or citing other people's material for research purposes. The original author / creator (and the copyright holder, if applicable) is always acknowledged, following the agreed academic conventions.