Jane Austen Re-visited: A Feminist Evaluation of the Longevity and Relevance of the Austen Oeuvre
by Elizabeth Kollmann
Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Magister Artium in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Port Elizabeth
Supervisor: Mary West
I, Elizabeth Kollmann, hereby declare that: • • • the work done in this thesis is my own original work; all sources used or referred to have been documented and recognised; this thesis has not been submitted previously in full or partial fulfilment of the requirements for an equivalent or higher qualification at any other recognised educational institution.
January 2003 DATE
This thesis would not have been possible without the support, advice and encouragement of many individuals. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the following people for their contributions: To Mary West, my supervisor, for her guidance in the field of study To Dr Michael Marais for his constructive comments and valuable recommendations To Prof Chris Jeffery for his sound advice and words of encouragement To my mother who typed the bulk of this thesis and who was always willing to help in any way possible To Franz for his continued encouragement and support
Although many might consider Jane Austen to be outdated and clichéd, her work retains an undying appeal. During the last decade the English-speaking world has experienced an Austen renaissance as it has been treated to a number of film and television adaptations of her work, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. Film critics such as Bill De Lapp (1996) and Sherry Dean (1996) have commented on the phenomenal response these productions received and have been amazed by Austen’s ability to compete with current movie scripts. The reasons for...