Origin and ownership: Stage, film and television adaptations of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca
D'Monté, R. (2009) Origin and ownership: Stage, film and television adaptations of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. In: Carroll, R., ed. (2009) Adaptations in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities. Continuum, pp. 163-173. ISBN 978-0-8264-2464-8
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This paper looks at the ways in which Daphne du Maurier's novelistic techniques, such as the point-of-view of the nameless heroine, the flashbacks and framing device, and the linguistic emphasis upon the English setting and country house, are adapted to fit different forms. Equally, the original contexts and influences of the novel - autobiographical, Victorian Gothic, pastoral - can also be redirected towards other modes of understanding, such as cultural anxiety about the Second World War, and a complex negotiation of nostalgia and hertiage in the more recent past.