'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 9788891725905


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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