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Journal Article: ‘Miss Havisham’s Dress’

Just a quick post to announce the publication of my co-authored journal article in Neo-Victorian Studies. Written with Deborah Wynne of the University of Chester, this article explores different film representations of Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, and asks what historically-specific, culturally-specific meanings are conveyed by her iconic wedding gown.

Pip_waits_on_Miss_havisham,_by_Marcus_Stone

Pip waits on Miss Havisham by Marcus Stone
Source: The Victorian Web

‘Miss Havisham’s Dress: Materialising Dickens in Film Adaptations of Great Expectations, Neo-Victorian Studies, 5:2 (2012), 35-58

We focus on three case studies: Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham in David Lean’s Great Expectations (1946); Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950); and Anne Bancroft as Nora Dinsmoor in Alfonso Cuaron’s Great Expectations (1998).

This article forms part of a special issue, edited by Charlotte Boyce and Elodie Rousselot, entitled ‘The Other Dickens’: a reflection on Dickens’s bicentenary in 2012 and an exploration of his cultural legacy and afterlives.

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This entry was posted on March 12, 2013 by in adaptation, Charles Dickens, film, journal, period drama, publication.

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