Posted at 10:28 AM Dec 24, 2009By Andrea Grimes
|The original 1843 illustration seems distinctly male, does it not?|
Which means I haven't seen many other film adaptations of the story, but when I do come across one, I notice that the ghosts themselves tend to be consistent with the original Charles Dickens--except for the Ghost of Christmas Past. (Originally, the Ghost of Christmas Past is androgynous, the Ghost of Christmas Present is a jolly male giant, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come is a generally scary fucker.)
So really, the Ghost of Christmas Past is the only gender-spook up for interpretation.
And lo, androgynous seems, in many film adaptations, to mostly mean female. Wikipedia, ever reliable, has a relatively thorough listing of various versions of TGOCP. Are you guys ready for some awesome math? It's coming your way!
Out of 18 Wiki adaptations listed:
Dolls, feel free to speculate as to why TGOCP is more often imagined as a woman. Are we uncomfortable with male androgyny? Do we just like looking at ladies in pretty white dresses (psychoanalytic side note: virgin thing)? Perhaps Dickens intended for the Ghost of Christmas Past to be up for interpretation ... as the past itself frequently is.
- Nine are female, acted or voiced fairly obviously by women.
- Five are men (Jiminy Cricket as a dude, right?).
- Two are attempts at actual androgyny.
- One stork.
- One robot.