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Chapter 3.7 - Bennets by Some Other Names

Chapter 3.7 - Bennets by Some Other Names

Looking at adaptation through "Bride and Prejudice" and "Fire Island"

Alicia and Sarah explore the value of quality adaptations, particularly adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. Both Bride and Prejudice and Fire Island give us the opportunity to look at a classic story through a modern lens. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom.

Literary terms of the week: adaptation, classic, diversity and representation

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Music by Craig Harmann

Cover art by Matt Holman

Show Notes:

30-second summary

  • Amazon Prime and Hulu

Literary terms of the week (plus historical context):

  • Adaptation (in comparison to perspective shift)

  • Media tests for diversity and representation

    • BECHDEL TEST - for representation of women - There are at least two women in the film who talk to each other about something other than a man.

    • DUVERNAY TEST - for diversity and racial representation - African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories.

    • VITO RUSSO TEST - for LGBTQ+ representation - The film must contain an identifiably LGBTQ+ character who is not predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity. The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or set up a punchline.

Theme Development: 

  • Pride

  • Prejudice

  • Gender roles

  • Power

What are we enjoying right now?

  • Alicia: She-Hulk (TV on Disney+), The Princess and the Scoundrel (Beth Revis)

  • Sarah: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (book), Better Call Saul (television)

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