Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020 1:57 am by M.   No comments
This scholar book contains a Brontë-related chapter:
Postcolonial Screen Adaptation and the British Novel
Vivian Y. Kao
Springer Verlag, 2020

This book brings film adaptation of literature to bear on the question of how nineteenth-century imperial ideologies of progress continue to inform power inequalities in a global capitalist age. Not simply the promotion of general betterment for all, improvement in the British colonial context licensed a superior “master race” to “uplift” its colonized populations—morally, socially, and economically. This book argues that, on the one hand, film adaptations of nineteenth-century novels reveal the arrogance and coercive intentions that underpin contemporary notions of development, humanitarianism, and modernity—improvement’s post-Victorian guises. On the other hand, the book also argues that the films use their nineteenth-century source texts to criticize these same legacies of imperialism. By bringing together film adaptation, postcolonial theory, and literary studies, the book demonstrates that adaptation, as both method and cultural product, provides a way to engage with the baggage of ideological heritage in our contemporary global media environment.
The title of the chapter is: Moral Management: Spaces of Domestication in Jane Eyre and I Walked with a Zombie.

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