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Representing bodies and bathing machines: Jane Austen’s Sanditon and Andrew Davies’s 2019 ITV adaptation

Ballinger, Gill

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Jane Austen’s final novel fragment Sanditon has inspired continuations of many kinds from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. The most recent literary afterlife it has generated is the 2019 British adaptation for ITV, created by Andrew Davies, and with a screenplay by Davies, Justin Young and Andrea Gibb. This eight-part adaptation attempts to recreate Austen’s Regency world but reimagines and develops Sanditon through the lens of twenty-first century sexual sensibilities. Most notably, depictions of male nudity and sex acts demonstrate the adaptation’s engagement with contemporary sexual politics. Scenes offering salacious views of naked men sea-bathing counter the historical tradition of the female nude offered up for male gaze; the female body, in contrast, remains fully clothed in response to the contemporary Me-Too context. Furthermore, the inclusion of sex scenes, a character with a backstory of sexual abuse, a relationship featuring coercive control, and an ending denying the heroine her man reflects the zeitgeist. However, the disappointing British viewing figures for Sanditon suggest that sex does not always sell, particularly when it comes to creating a successful twenty-first century Austen adaptation.

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Ballinger, G. (2022). Representing bodies and bathing machines: Jane Austen’s Sanditon and Andrew Davies’s 2019 ITV adaptation. Humanities, 11(4), Article 81. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11040081

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 28, 2022
Publication Date Jun 28, 2022
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 29, 2022
Journal Humanities, Special Issue Jane Austen: Work, Life, Legacy: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/Jane_Austen
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 4
Article Number 81
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/h11040081
Keywords Bodies; bathing machines; Jane Austen; Sanditon; adaptation
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9665039
Publisher URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/11/4/81

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