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Character adaptation in Val McDermid’s retelling of Jane by Elisa Valerie Thieme

By Elisa Valerie Thieme

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (DEL), Veranstaltung: model and Appropriation, Sprache: Deutsch, summary: Ever considering that their ebook among the years of 1811 and 1817, Jane Austen’s novels, particularly Northanger Abbey, experience and Sensibility, satisfaction and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Persuasion, have by no means long past out of print. Her works are “perennial favourites” (Carson xi) and, moreover, there seems a big call for for “Austen novelties”. It doesn't come as a shock, accordingly, that there are thousands of Austen variations and spin-offs. All six novels were again and again become video clips and the volume of literary variations seems to be nearly uncountable. for the reason that so much “educated humans . . . have at the very least heard of Jane Austen [and her] novels are within the public area” (Parrill 176), adapting them appears rather appealing in regard to the low fiscal chance and decreased funding charges (no acquisition of criminal licences and little advertising costs). Austen has turn into a “cultural commodity[,] virtually a model identify” (Wiltshire 7) and there'll most likely constantly be new guides so long as there's any such prepared and massive marketplace. the hot “Austen Project”, released through Harper Collins, sees six bestselling authors adapting Jane Austen’s novels and transposing them into the twenty-first century. Economically, it gains not just from Austen’s fan base but additionally from the devoted readers of renowned writers reminiscent of Val McDermid, who tailored Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. This retelling is the newest e-book of the Austen undertaking and turns out really fascinating due to the fact Northanger Abbey is mainly interested in the mocking of Gothic fiction and the vindication of interpreting. It offers with bestsellers from the early 19th century and hence seems to be firmly rooted in its time. as a result of those exciting particularities, the paper to hand is predicated on Val McDermid’s sleek retelling of Northanger Abbey.
McDermid follows the plot constitution very heavily and the reinterpretation of the resource textual content mainly lies within the temporal, linguistic and cultural replace. The plot is determined in an envi-ronment shifted by way of 2 hundred years, bathtub has been swapped for the now extra fashiona-ble Edinburgh pageant Fringe and just about all characters are expertly tweeting, texting, and posting “selfies” on fb. while Austen got down to write an fun burlesque and a vindication of novel studying, McDermid’s edition goals at wonderful the Austen-familiar readers and at humouring them via making use of a “modern twist”.

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