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?Recreations Of An Existing Text Provide Not Only A New Text, But A New Reading Of Prior Text.? Emma And Clueless Comparison

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?Recreations of an existing text provide not only a new text, but a new reading of prior text.?Amy Heckerling?s ?Clueless? is an appropriated text of Jane Austen?s ?Emma?. Amy Heckerling has transformed Emma, by taking it from one context and transforming it into another. This transformation has allowed new insight into the original text and emphasized the contextual differences between the two.By recreating Emma, Amy Heckerling has not only provided a new text, but she has also provided a new reading of the original text.Clueless classifies as a modern day ?teen pic?. Heckerling, the composer of Clueless has adopted the themes from Emma with the basic plot and translated it into modern culture. Sexuality, Money, fashion and prestige are very much foregrounded in Clueless, however these themes similarly exist throughout ...view middle of the document...

An overview of Cher?s life is presented through the use of montage of clips, colouring, upbeat music, camera techniques and voice over.These two openings, both present the protagonist and their lifestyle and the era in which they live. The fact that Clueless presents itself just as Emma, Clueless therefore becomes a canonical text and a new reading is then provided for Emma.The protagonist of Clueless, Cher not only is able to wear whatever she wants, however she uses her clothing as a liberating factor. The clothes Cher wears define her personality. This is a freedom that women in the 1800?s could only dream of. The females in Clueless use their clothes as a form of expression, which proves that women have advanced in both social status, and their ability to be accepted as equals in society.Clueless foregrounds the freedom of women in today?s day and age. This brings attention to the position of women in society during the 1800?s. Due to the emphasis on womens liberation in Clueless, a new reading of Emma is created, which is one of a more feminist approach.Emma is classed as literature due to its universal meaning. This classification of the novel suggests its readers will be the educated, perhaps upper class people of society.Clueless, which carries much of the same ideas as Emma, has been classified as a ?teen pic?, thus its audience are teenagers or the youth.This transformation of Emma has targeted a new audience and therefore created a new reading to the traditional text.Through Amy Heckerling?s transformation of Emma, not only is a new text provided (Clueless), but also a new reading is provided for the original text, Emma. Viewing Clueless provides a new reading for Emma, as it brings the piece of literature down off a pedestal.Emma is classed as literature where as the modern day transformation is classed as a ?teen pic?. Clueless clearly debunks the myth of high literature, which invites a new audience who bring new meaning to the text.

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