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Representations of the past on British television: screen adaptations of Jane Austen's novels

Student: Kseniya Gubanova

Supervisor: Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk

Faculty: Faculty of Media Communications

Educational Programme: Bachelor

Year of Graduation: 2014

<p align="LEFT" lang="en-US"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;">This bachelor thesis is my attempt to understand how screen adaptations of classic novels, describing the reality of the late 18th- and early 19th century, can reflect the modern society&#39;s demand for certain nostalgic images. The study includes comparative analysis of different concepts of historical representation on British television.&nbsp;</span></p><p align="LEFT" lang="en-US"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">According to my hypothesis</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">, historical and cultural self-determination of British society, which is commonly known as a traditional and even a conservative one, is highly dependent on the nostalgic phenomenon. Exploring nostalgic images from the Britain&#39;s past, presented in a modern era by television, we can get a rather accurate impression of how the British see their national identity today and how it is connected with the country&#39;s history.</span></font></font></font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">The&nbsp;</span></font></font><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">object</span></font></font><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">&nbsp;of this research is screen adaptations of Jane Austen&#39;s novels, produced and shown on British television from 1995 to 2013.&nbsp;</span></font></font><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">The&nbsp;</span></font></font><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">subject</span></font></font><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">&nbsp;of the study is the ways of historical representation in screen adaptations of classics and the phenomenon of the audience&#39;s nostalgia for the past it has never actually witnessed.&nbsp;</span></font></font><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">The</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">purpose</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">of my research paper is to analyze and compare the films and TV-series, based on Jane Austen&#39;s works, and to establish the main principles which influence on how the contemporary historical, cultural and national identity of the British is being built.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">After watching the TV adaptations of Austen&#39;s novels, investigating the ways they represent historical realities and&nbsp;</span><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">detecting those images of the past which are demanded by the audience</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="ru-RU"> (</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">and</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="ru-RU">, </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">according to</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="ru-RU"> </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">my hypothesis</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="ru-RU">, </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span lang="en-US">by the British</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><span

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