Date of Award
Union College Only
Bachelor of Arts
courtship, romance, dating, social media, popular culture
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.
Bertschmann, Samantha, "Nora and Cece: A Contemporary Adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility" (2014). Honors Theses. 481.