<b>Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady (1881) or Jane Campion’s 1996 movie adaptation?</b>


  • Buse Eren Karabük Üniversitesi




modernity, movie adaptation, character description, literary techniques, conservation


Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady (1881) or Jane Campion’s 1996 movie adaptation?


This paper aims at identifying both the similarities and differences between Henry James’s novel “The Portrait of a Lady” (1881) and Jane Campion’s 1996 movie version. We will try to answer the following questions: Is a Modernist literary piece still appealing to the 21st century readers? What is lost and what is gained from the screen adaptation of the book? Would a person reading the novel be interested in watching the movie and vice versa? Last but not least, we will compare the portrayal of the characters in the novel and their materialization in the movie through the parts of Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Mary Lauise Parker.

Author Biography

Buse Eren, Karabük Üniversitesi

BIOGRAPHY: Buse Eren is a third year student at The Faculty Of Letters, Department Of English Language and Literature, T.C. Karabük University. Her main interests include English and American Literature with a special emphasis upon Modernism; cultural studies; discourse analysis; feminist and post-feminist studies as well as foreign language teaching. In order to expand her research in the field of modernism, her intention is to apply for a master degree offering courses in such an area.


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How to Cite

Eren, B. (2015). <b>Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady (1881) or Jane Campion’s 1996 movie adaptation?</b>. Journal of History Culture and Art Research, 4(3), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.7596/taksad.v4i3.464