Congratulations to Noelle Kozak, whose senior seminar paper titled “New Media Adaptations of Classic Literature: From Pride and Prejudice to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” was recently published in Inquiries Journal: Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.
Abstract: Pride and Prejudice, the work of nineteenth century novelist Jane Austen, has been celebrated for over two-hundred years since its first publication. It has been adapted, reinvented and re-imagined over and over again to the delight of both loyal readers and interested newcomers. One such adaptation is the new media sensation, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Developed as a web show, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries successfully honors important themes found in Pride and Prejudice, namely its strong female characters, to tell a story that remains true to Austen’s roots while engaging a new generation of viewers. Although it is a decidedly unconventional retelling of the classic novel, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has succesfully adapted the original work in a new and novel medium — the web “vlog.”
Noelle was previously profiled on our blog last spring; you can read more about her here.