`Mansfield Park' Spices Up Austen: Sex, Drugs; Only Rock 'N' Roll Missing
Grenier, Cynthia, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Nudity. Sex. A dash of lesbianism. Drugs. Alcoholism. Pornographic drawings. Why, they're all part of the latest film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, of course. What else?
Mind you, Canadian director-writer Patricia Rozema says she was influenced particularly in her interpretation of Austen's third novel - "Mansfield Park" - by revisionist-feminist critic Margaret Kirkham, who saw the novel as embodying "Jane Austen's most ambitious and radical criticism of contemporary prejudice in society and literature." That still doesn't really explain the nudity and such.
Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor), one of seven children living in borderline poverty in …
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Publication information: Article title: `Mansfield Park' Spices Up Austen: Sex, Drugs; Only Rock 'N' Roll Missing. Contributors: Grenier, Cynthia - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: November 26, 1999. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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