Class Representation In Modern Fiction And Film

Class Representation In Modern Fiction And Film

by Keith Gandal
     
 

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'Rich girl meets poor boy who liberates her then dies.' Or, 'low-life girl is trashed by lower-life boy.' The contemporary middle-class fictions of poverty that inform films such as Titanic and Kids are a far cry from the nineteenth-century genres: rags-to-riches stories and seduction tales. Our fictions of class turn the older tales upside down. By the surprising… See more details below

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'Rich girl meets poor boy who liberates her then dies.' Or, 'low-life girl is trashed by lower-life boy.' The contemporary middle-class fictions of poverty that inform films such as Titanic and Kids are a far cry from the nineteenth-century genres: rags-to-riches stories and seduction tales. Our fictions of class turn the older tales upside down. By the surprising juxtaposition of recent films and the classic writings and unusual lives of Zora Neale Hurston, Stephen Crane, Henry Miller, and Michel Foucault, the book shocks the reader into a reappraisal of these authors' works and lives, our myths about class, and poststructural theory.

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"This provocative study looks at the intersection of the literary and filmic in terms of what Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb called "the hidden injuries of class".....a stimulating discussion that should generate further examination by scholars of class in American literature and society."--Choice

“In this highly original study Gandal demonstrates how preoccupations with race and gender not only obscure but, in fact, contribute to the class-based exploitation that is a staple of modern American culture, whether in iconoclastic figures such as Zora Neale Hurston and Henry Miller or in Hollywood blockbusters. This unusual and provocative book deserves a wide audience.”--Eric J. Sundquist, UCLA

“Uniquely blending film criticism and literary analysis, Gandal’s book offers one of the most nuanced accounts yet of the archetypal patterns that have shaped our stories about the poor, and the way these patterns get reflected and refracted in contemporary movies. This is an important contribution not only to the growing awareness of poverty and class inequality in American society and culture but also to our critical capacity to decode the intricate politics of form that underlies popular media representation.”--Gavin Jones, Stanford University

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ISBN-13:
9780230260795
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/17/2007
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