“Appropriation study of texts is interesting because the changing values and attitudes of particular time periods can be observed.” Evaluate this opinion in relation to the Jane Austen’s novel, Emma, and Amy Heckerling’s film, Clueless. In your response make detailed references to both texts. 3. In comparing your TWO texts you will have become aware of how the contexts of the texts have shaped their form and meaning. Of more interest, perhaps, is a comparison of the values associated with each text.
How has the study of Emma and its appropriate clueless developed your understanding of how context influenced values? -Select at least 2 significant moments of Austen’s Emma and analyse how these moments are considered in order to create meaning in Heckerling’s Clueless. In your response focus on ideas, context, values and language. Heckerling’s Clueless (1995) is transformed through Austen’s 19th Century novel, Emma, where the plot and characters have been transformed to suit Heckerling’s context and contemporary audience. Despite the shift in context from 19th century England to late 20th century Beverly Hills, Austen’s main plot and ideas have been retained to a great degree.
Amy Heckerling’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma” has transformed a 19th century classic English novel into a teen flick romcom film of the 20th century entitled “Clueless”. Despite the vastly different historical settings and societal values of the two texts, Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless” still retains the essential values of the original text by adapting these values into a modern society of our time and a modern audience of our age. Comparatively through the themes of class and social structure and the attitudes towards love and marriage, a greater insight can be gained of the context in which it appropriates further enhanced by the use of satire and irony employed by both composers. “Emma” by Jane Austen was written in the Regency period of the 1800s; a time of inequality as it featured a wide gap between the rich and the poor while at the same time a rise in the merchant middle class. In response to this context, Austen tends to satirise the common source of power by creating a microcosmic world of a genteel community evolving round a “handsome, clever and rich” young woman who "seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence."
‘Why is Sixty Lights worthy of critical study and inclusion on the HSC Prescriptions List for module B- Critical Study of Text?’ The novel Sixty Lights has been included on the HSC Prescriptions List for Module B because it is worthy for critical study as it is a diverse piece of literature covering significant topics that have been ignored in the modern world. We enter the lyrical and image-laden world of Sixty Lights. It’s a tale, resplendent in colour and imagery, set across two worlds - the constrained and stilted world of Victorian England, and the chaotic danger and abandon of India. Gail Jones creates literature, like Shakespeare, but in this particular piece explores the significance behind photographs and what they represent.
Essay The book Emma by Jane Austen and the film Clueless by Amy Heckerling are two texts that are strongly influenced by their context and are an expression of their cultural values. This concept is highlighted through the time the texts were written in, differences in Emma and Clueless, themes, language techniques and film techniques. Time is a factor that will have impact on a text and therefore determine its context, thus this will express its cultural values. Emma was published in 1816 in England. The novel was written for a 19th century reading public, mainly gentry and middle class audience.
Atwood discusses the several genres of fiction that are available in this time and explains how this is not only a time of gender crossover but of genre crossover. By using the comparison she shows how literature has evolved as well as gender relations. In conclusion Margaret Atwood’s speech “spotty handed villainess” is a speech that explores the flaws in extreme feminism, challenges the patriarchal order and examines the intentions of literature and fiction. The speech still has relevance today as it examines gender roles and expectations in modern day
Jane Austen’s nineteenth century novel ‘Emma’ (1815) is ingeniously reshaped into a film written and directed by Amy Heckerling called ‘Clueless’ (1995). Although both texts span 200 years the significant values from the original text are still maintained through the transformation, suited for a more contemporary audience. The folly of making prejudicial judgements and the journey to self realisation leading to growth and development are developed in parallel through both texts. ‘Emma’ is set amongst the rural gentry in England, in the fictional town of Highbury, where the importance of social class and values are fondly recognised within the community. The opening sentence “Emma Woodhouse handsome, clever and rich... seemed to unite some
The process of transformation entails adapting a text to a contemporary contextual environment in order to make it appeal to modern consciousness. By comparing both Jane Austen’s “Emma” and Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless” it is apparent that the film has been re-appropriated in such a way that Austen’s voice is still heard today while, simultaneously projecting Heckerling’s views on contemporary society. Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s 1995 re-contextualisation of Jane Austen’s Emma replicates Austen’s ironic commentary on the necessity of entering into a relationship that will not challenge status quo. Though Heckerling transforms a 200 year old story to suit modern audiences through a reinvention of the key characters, context, language and form,
In what ways is your appreciation of both texts enhanced by a comparative study of ambition on Frankenstein and Blade runner? Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's Bladerunner both project dystopian images of society and morality, propelled by the main characters' ambition and egotism. It is through this that an audience’s appreciation for texts is enhanced. These complex texts can be seen as a pair that differs in context, seeing as they are separated through time. Frankenstein driven by romantic imagery and set in historic context, that analysis the European divide in society perpetuated by superficiality.
(2001). Desiring Revolution: Second-Wave Feminism and the rewriting of American Sexual Thought, 1920-1982. Columbia, NY: University Press. Henretta, J.A., Brody, D., & Dumenil, L. ( 2006). America, A Concise History (third edition) Boston, MA: Bedford/ St. Martin’s Kerber, L & De Hart, J.