Mansfiled park adapted : Fanny Price from book to screen
Date of Issue2010
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The novel Mansfield Park derives much of its controversy from Jane Austen's creation of a self-conscious, oppressed and retiring Fanny Price as heroine. The three screen versions of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park from 1983, 1999 and 2007 feature Fanny Price in very different manners. This essay seeks to examine how differently the image of Fanny Price is constituted in three screen adaptations in relation to that of the novelistic Fanny Price. In reading each adaptation as a critical assessment of the novel, I argue that the adaptations respectively reflect the general critical concerns for the heroine, and by extension, for women at large, in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Nanyang Technological University