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Recent Reinterpretations of Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Why and How This Novel Continues to Affect Us (Studies in British Literature S. v. 10By: Renata Kobetts Miller (author)Hardback
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DescriptionThis examination of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1886) and its reinterpretations presents original interviews with novelists Emma Tennant and Valerie Martin, and playwright David Edgar, framed by analysis of their works. In so doing, it moves away from common division between those who write literature and those who write about literature. Its examination of Stevenson's original novel and its comprehensive survey of the history of Jekyll and Hyde reveals that these three late twentieth-century writers react against the tradition of reinterpretations and recover Stevenson's structure. Arguing that their returns to a Victorian text are motivated by contemporary concerns about class and gender politics that find an apt vehicle for exploration in Stevenson's story, this book identifies a trend of neo-Victorianism - an attraction to cultural products of the Victorian period that results, not from a desire for a time of greater elegance and leisure, but from perceived similarities between our time and that of over one hundred years ago. The interviews in this book foreground the authors' own political concerns, their views on why Stevenson's story lends itself to reinterpretation over one hundred years after it first appeared, the research that they performed to prepare for writing their adaptations, and the choices that they made while writing.
About AuthorProfessor Renata Kobetts Miller received her Ph.D. at Indiana University and is a member of the faculty at The City University of New York.
ContentsPreface i; Acknowledgments iv; Introduction 1; Chapter 1; Hyde's Silence 7; Chapter 2; Spectacular Transformations: A Survey 21; A Jekyll and Hyde Chronology 43; Chapter 3; Jekyll and Hyde and the Modern Woman 63; An Interview with Emma Tennant 75; Chapter 4; Mary Reilly's Master 109; An Interview with Valerie Martin 125. Chapter 5; Victorian Fathers 177; An Interview with David Edgar 190; Epilogue 225; Notes 227; Bibliography 233; Index 239.
- publication date: 30/11/2005
- ISBN13: 9780773459915
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 264
- ID: 9780773459915
- ISBN10: 077345991X
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