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Cinema Roundtable: "'Little Women' Revisited: Adaptation, Gender, and Visual Style"

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Department of Theatre & Film Studies
Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
Fine Arts Building, Balcony Theatre (Room 400)

This semester's Cinema Roundtable, presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, discusses "'Little Women' Revisited: Adaptation, Gender, and Visual Style."

One critic argues that every film adaptation of Little Women acts as a sort of Rorschach test for representations of women during that era. If so, what does Greta Gerwig’s new version say about notions of gender and family today? Further, how does this Little Women differ from earlier versions, including Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 movie, to say nothing of Louisa May Alcott’s original novel?

This Cinema Roundtable addresses the story and style of Gerwig’s Little Women and confronts the tale’s cultural significance within our literary and cinematic heritage. Panelists include Antje Ascheid (Theatre and Film Studies), Nancee Reeves (English), Kristin Nielsen (UGA Libraries), and Kate Fortmueller (Entertainment and Media Studies). Richard Neupert (Film Studies) moderates. The roundtable is free and open to the public and the audience will be invited to participate with questions and comments of their own.

The Willson Center Cinema Roundtable meets to discuss topics of film history, criticism and theory. Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and film studies coordinator in the Department of Theatre & Film Studies, organizes and moderates one roundtable each semester.

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