When I saw this article at the NY Daily News website, I was a bit outraged. Can’t the Boomers keep their grubby mits of anything? I thought. (I am a Boomer, only because the age group kept growing and growing until finally, it engulfed my part of the 50s.) Anyway, turns out the gal doing this is fairly young, but still …
After getting this post together–links and pic–I thought, how is her Photoshopping the figures of classic nudes any different than what I do with Austen’s characters?
I shave a little Wentworth unpleasantness, explain away a possible flaw there, and elaborate ambiguities in the text so that he shines. It’s retouching a classic without the software.
So, am I just a part of the Post Modern generation who can’t keep their hands off the past and accept it for what it is? Or am I reshaping it all to suit myself and the truth of what Austen wrote be hanged?
Talk among yourselves. I’ll be out of town tomorrow but will enjoy keeping up with the fine, lithe minds of our readers.
Take care–Susan Kaye