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Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism$
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Cora Kaplan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748611478

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.001.0001

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Retuning The Piano

Retuning The Piano

(p.119) Chapter 4 Retuning The Piano
Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism

Cora Kaplan

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the film The Piano, including its plot, social impact and the controversies that surround it. It shows that the dominant mode in the film is melodrama, and determines that film is able to frame the questions of peoples' need and ability to know and posses the past more graphically and more successfully than the historical novels discussed in the previous chapters. The next sections examine the texts and contexts from which the film draws, and investigate the unusual temporality and geography of the virtual space in which the modern narrative and its historical referents coexist.

Keywords:   The Piano, social impact, controversies, melodrama, virtual space, modern narrative, historical referents

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