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St. Louis Region: Comparing Two Film Versions of "Persuasion"

Sep 23

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Realism and Romance

Persuasion MoviesJoin us to hear John Greenfield, Ph.D. discuss, “Realism and Romance: Critical Transformations of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth in Two Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.”  

John will contrast two films based on Persuasion, Austen’s “autumnal” novel: Roger Michell’s 1995 version with Ciáran Hinds and Amanda Root as Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot, and the 2007 Masterpiece Theater production with Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins in the main roles. Michell’s film places more emphasis on the sociohistorical aspects of the novel’s setting during the Napoleonic wars, including the rise of the professional navy officer class, while the 2007 production places the film firmly in the regency romance genre of Austen’s films and emphasizes the psychology of Anne Elliot. The films can be seen as complementary, John believes, each emphasizing valid but different aspects of Austen’s novel.

This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found on the Region website