'Sitting in Cages': Imagining Victorian Women in Neo-Victorian Film Musicals

Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 (2015) 'Sitting in Cages': Imagining Victorian Women in Neo-Victorian Film Musicals. In: Victorianomania: Reimagining, Refashioning, and Rewriting Victorian Literature and Culture. Franco Angeli, Milan, Italy, pp. 73-86. ISBN 978-8891725905


The process of imagining the culturally constrained Victorian woman is familiar in contemporary cinema, especially in film musicals. From Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001) to Tim Burton’s Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables (2012), contemporary film musicals seek to deconstruct the gender politics of Victorian society. These films present the nineteenth-century past as cultural memory, wherein women’s lives were shaped by inherently restrictive Victorian gender norms. A specific metaphor – the caged bird – is used to aesthetically and thematically present the restrictions placed on women in Victorian society.

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Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 04:34
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Uncontrolled Keywords: film musical, bird in the cage, nineteenth century, Neovictorian, twenty-first century, film history
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470214 Screen and media culture
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46779

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