Linda Troost

Professor of English, director of the undergraduate program in Professional Writing at Washington & Jefferson College

United States

I am an expert on Jane Austen, especially on film adaptations of the novels. With Sayre Greenfield, I edited the first book on the adaptions: Jane Austen in Hollywood. I am also interested in transmediation--the transfer of a text from one medium into another.

Filming/Filling in the Gaps: Sanditon on Screen

"'Hush! I am interrupted.'" That opening line from The Mystery, one of Jane Austen's juvenile dramas, shows the author, from her youngest days as a writer, happy to make the inscrutable fragment part of her literary display ( Juvenilia 71). It is therefore sadly fitting that her final work of fiction should be interrupted and left fragmentary.

Persuasions Online
Modernity and Antiquity in "Northanger Abbey"

When contemplating Northanger Abbey, one almost instantly thinks "gothic," inspired by Catherine's enthusiasm for "ancient edifices" (143), for "the heaviest stonework, for painted glass, dirt and cobwebs" (166), for the past. This essay, however, argues that Northanger Abbey is not a novel centrally about the gothic.

Persuasions Online
Multimedia Emma: Three Adaptations

E MMA HAS RECENTLY HAD ADAPTATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: an updated version set in Los Angeles, another set in Delhi, and a classic serial from the BBC. All three adaptations share features that do not derive from Austen's novel but that show values of the twenty-first century, sometimes satirized, and sometimes celebrated.

Sensational Centuries
The Fall of the Bastille on the London Stage

"Exhibiting one of the grandest and most interesting Spectacles that ever engaged the Feelings of Mankind; including, amongst a Variety of other striking Matters incident to the Event, the Whole of the Plan, Attack, Storming, Capture, and Demolition of that horrid Sepulcher of a People, the Bastille … together with the Proceedings that gave Freedom to the Empire of France."

The Intelligencer (via CORE/Humanities Commons)
The Undead Eighteenth Century

If Jane Austen had wanted to write about zombies, what might she have known about the walking dead in the early nineteenth century? In this 2010 presidential address for EC/ASECS, subsequently published in the society's newsletter, I examine this question and take a look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

‘‘Strange mutations’’: Shakespeare, Austen and Cultural Success

This essay looks at the tripartite forces of transformation that created and marked Shakespeare’s rise to extraordinary fame in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and which are creating and marking Jane Austen’s further rise in the late twentieth and early twenty-first: adaptation, travesty and fictionalization of the author.

Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Filming Tourism, Portraying Pemberley

This article examines the Pemberley sequence in three screen adaptations of "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen to see how the touristic moment can be used to reveal a character’s understanding of him/herself and others, as well as the reader/viewer’s relationship with the past.

University Press of Kentucky
Jane Austen in Hollywood

In 1995 and 1996 six film or television adaptations of Jane Austen's novels were produced―an unprecedented number. More amazing, all were critical and/or box office successes. What accounts for this explosion of interest? Much of the appeal of these films lies in our nostalgic desire at the end of the millennium for an age of greater politeness and sexual reticence. Austen's ridicule of deceit and pretentiousness also appeals to our fin de siècle sensibilities. The novels were changed,...