Two scholars of American literature discuss the enduring appeal of Gone With the Wind, one of the most successful and fêted books and films of all time. Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 bestseller became the supreme triumph of Hollywood’s golden era, winning eight Oscars, including one for British actress Vivien Leigh. 25 years ago, in Scarlett’s Women: Gone With the Wind and its Female Fans, Professor Helen Taylor set out to analyse what was so special about Gone With the Wind and why it was adored and revered by women. Today, in the 75th anniversary year of the film, she discusses with fellow American literature scholar, Professor Janet Beer, women’s special relationship to this iconic work.
Taylor is professor of English at the University of Exeter and has written extensively on women’s writing and popular culture. Beer is vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and has published widely on late 19th and early 20th-century American and Canadian literature and culture.
This event is part of the festival’s American strand.
Presented by Oxford Brookes University as part of the Oxford Literary Festival