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Title: Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre as a Re-working of the Female Gothic
Author: Plaza Salguero, Sandra
Director/Advisor: Galán Moya, Rafael
Departments: Filología Francesa e Inglesa
Abstract: This essay aims at exploring Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre as a current revision of Charlotte Brontë's world-renowned novel (1847). Likewise, we also examine how in spite of the high tradition of Jane Eyre in 40s female gothic cycle in cinema, the Gothic genre still survives in our epoch, but in a different way. In this light, our main concern consists of analyzing the most intriguing scenes included in Fukunaga’s adaptation that has to do with Gothic tradition. Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre is consequently a modern vision of the Victorian era so we will treat the adaptation as a kind of intertext where allusions or rejections to previous adaptations will become relevant parts of our study. In front of an audience already swamped with popular versions of the Gothic not really knowing what that literary genre consists of, Cary Fukunaga arrives with a "breath of fresh Eyre" opening up the debate of the varied interactions between literary Gothic and the “Gothic” that has been transferred to screen over the years.Este trabajo pretende examinar la adaptación de Jane Eyre del director Cary Fukunaga como una revisión actual de la mundialmente conocida novela de Charlotte Brontë (1847). Asimismo, vamos a analizar cómo, a pesar de la popularidad de Jane Eyre y del gótico femenino en los años cuarenta en el cine, el Gótico aún sobrevive en nuestra época, pero de forma bien distinta. Por ello, observaremos las escenas más fascinantes de la adaptación de Fukunaga que tienen evidente relación con la tradición gótica. Su Jane Eyre es obviamente una visión moderna de la época victoriana por lo que trataremos la adaptación como una especie de “intertexto" en el que las alusiones o rechazos a las anteriores adaptaciones de la novela pasarán a ser partes relevantes de nuestro estudio. Frente a una audiencia saturada ya de versiones populares del gótico, sin saber realmente en qué consiste dicho género literario, llega Cary Fukunaga con un “breath of fresh Eyre” abriendo el debate sobre las múltiples interacciones entre el Gótico literario y el “Gótico” que realmente se ha llevado a la gran pantalla a lo largo de los años.
Subject: Gothic genre ; Jane Eyre ; Charlotte Brontë ; Cary Fukunaga ; adaptation ; Byronic hero ; empowered woman ; Género gótico ; adaptación ; héroe bironiano ; mujer fortalecida.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10498/20563
Date: 2018-01-24

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