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In this programme Arnold Kettle makes a detailed analysis of the two genres, using sequences from 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot and Hardy's 'Jude the Obscure'. It is particularly hard, he says, for... the dramatist to capture the novelist's tone of voice on which so much of the individuality of the novel depends.
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Module code and title: A302, The nineteenth century novel and its legacy
Item code: A302; 12
First transmission date: 01-08-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:29
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Producer: Alasdair Clayre
Contributor: Arnold Kettle
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Cousin Bette; Great Expectations; Jude the Obscure; Middlemarch
Footage description: Arnold Kettle introduces the intention of the programme which is to add to the general statements on the difficulties on the difficulties of novel dramatisation given in the first programme by a more detailed examination. He introduces the first excerpt. Excerpt from George Eliot 'Middlemarch' (Dorothea's wedding party). Arnold Kettle discusses the scene critically and emphasises his reservations about its validity and the ways in which he feels it to be untrue to the spirit of Eliot's novel. He then turns to an excerpt from 'Jude the Obscure' Excerpt from Thomas Hardy 'Jude the Obscure'. (Sue with fellow student in dormitory at teachers' training college in Melchester). Arnold Kettle points out that this scene is not in the novel. He discusses it and explains why, although it is imagined, he considers the scene to be valid. He delineates also his reservations and introduces the second excerpt from 'Jude the Obscure.' Second excerpt from 'Jude the Obscure' (Meeting of Jude and Sue at Melchester, the teachers' training college). Arnold Kettle discusses the preceding excerpt, once again pointing out what for him are its merits, while adding also his reservations. He introduces the lastexcerpt from 'Jude the Obscure' Third and last excerpt from 'Jude the Obscure' (an amalgam of two or three scenes in the novel featuring Jude's confession to Sue that he is married to Arabella). Arnold Kettle again analyses the scene critically and gives his reasons for his favourable reaction to it. He goes on to suggest that the main reservation he has concerning dramatizations is the inevitable abandonment of the mediation of the author between the reader (or viewer) and the novel. He makes some general comments on the novel itself.
Master spool number: 6HT/71076
Production number: 00525_3012
Videofinder number: 2585
Available to public: no