Date of Award

6-2014

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Bunkong Tuon

Language

English

Keywords

courtship, romance, dating, social media, popular culture

Abstract

Inspired by Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film, Clueless, which translates Jane Austen’s Emma into a contemporary teen comedy, my modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, entitled Nora and Cece, seeks to address the issues Austen tackles in her novel regarding courtship and romance in a modern American setting. In my screenplay, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood become Nora and Cece Carpenter, teenage girls living in a small Bostonian suburb. The sisters navigate the world of high school dating, complicated by their gossipy circle of friends and the ever-growing presence of social media in their daily lives. Drawing on both personal experience and popular culture, I examine current standards and practices in romantic etiquette, exploring these ideas through my characters and their interactions with one another.

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