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Title: Peek-a-boo with Mr Darcy. Mediated voyeurism in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Author: Kinga Kowalska, Graduate Student at the University of Silesia
Type: Presentation
Author's note: This paper was first delivered on May 9, 2013 at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in Sosnowiec, Poland, at the first official meeting of the Popular Culture Research Initiative. The form of the paper was a multimedia presentation with short screenings of relevant fragments of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and I will attempt to recreate its transmedia character in the following transcription.

Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, has been adapted a staggering number of times, remaining a favourite romantic storyline of film and TV producers alike. Mr Darcy and Lizzie Bennet have been prideful and prejudiced not only in 19th century England, but also have gotten themselves transposed to many an exotic location, including contemporary Utah (Pride and Prejudice: A Latter Day Comedy, 2003) and modern-day India (Bride and Prejudice, 2004). It would therefore be easy to dismiss The Lizzie Bennet Diaries as just another in a long line of updated reimaginings of the timeless love story, were it not for its innovative form. For the webseries re-tells the well-known tale through the use of videoblogs and various other forms of Internet social networking, making the project one of the first successful instances of transmedia storytelling. My aim is to have a closer look at the narrative forms used in the series and to analyse how they represent the ideas of mediated voyeurism proposed by Clay Calvert in Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (2004).

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