The bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice in 2013 has highlighted the continuing popularity of Jane Austen and her most famous novel. Not only was it recently voted the favourite reading of the nation’s teachers, but Austen herself has been chosen to appear on the new £10 note. What is the basis of Austen’s appeal to readers today? Why have so many screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice been made? Professor Wynne will address these questions by considering the relationship between the novel and two iconic screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice: the 1940 film starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson and the 1995 BBC television series starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
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