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Choose a passage from Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, or Wuthering
Heights; Emma cannot be used for this assignment. The passage should ideally be no more than 2-3 pages in length in the original text. Re-write the scene by imagining it in a different social context in a contemporary moment. You may change any facets of the original passage to facilitate your adaptation: character names or occupations; gender, race, or sexual orientation; location or setting; dialogue. Your modernized scene, though, must retain the broad plot structure and character function of the original: it must be recognizable as an adaptation. Your main objective is to imagine how the novel would be transformed if it were set in a contemporary context; creativity in your adaptation will be welcome.
Be sure that you understand how the original passage works how the scene is
focalized, who narrates, what happens, and whats significant about what happens or is said
before deciding how to re-write it. You will want to give some thought to your choice of
passage: the original should be self-contained enough to stand on its own, and include
enough plot points for you to work with in the adaptation. You may choose to condense a
slightly longer original passage by focusing on one aspect of its plot or situation, but try not
to go too much beyond 3 pages in length in order to keep it manageable.
* Please include a photocopy or transcription of the original passage with your
adaptation, and note its chapter and page number.
Step Two: Once you have re-written the passage, write an analysis of your adaptation. Attach
to your adaptation a maximum 3-page (typed, double-spaced) analysis of the effects of
your updating of the narrative. Consider some of the following questions to guide your
analysis: How does a modern context for the passage change our understanding of the scene, and perhaps of the novel as a whole? Which facets of the narrative adapted most readily to a
contemporary setting, and which ones were harder (or impossible) to translate? What insight
does your novel provide into our contemporary moment and its characteristic manners,
cultural concerns, gender or race (or any other) politics, forms of inequality or injustice,
forms of self-expression or identity? What insight does your contemporary adaptation
provide into the original text, and the significance of the authors narrative and