Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan: Spoiler Warnings

Overview

Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan represents the first serious academic engagement with auteur director M. Night Shyamalan and his work. The essays, including contributions from established film scholars David Sterritt, Murray Pomerance, Emmanuel Burdeau, R. Barton Palmer, Matt Hills, and Katherine Fowkes, explore the Hollywood blockbusters from The Sixth Sense to The Happening in terms of their themes, aesthetics, and marketing. Taken together, the collection recognizes and explores ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$105.00
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $76.95   
  • New (4) from $96.45   
  • Used (3) from $76.95   
Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan: Spoiler Warnings

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$100.00
BN.com price

Overview

Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan represents the first serious academic engagement with auteur director M. Night Shyamalan and his work. The essays, including contributions from established film scholars David Sterritt, Murray Pomerance, Emmanuel Burdeau, R. Barton Palmer, Matt Hills, and Katherine Fowkes, explore the Hollywood blockbusters from The Sixth Sense to The Happening in terms of their themes, aesthetics, and marketing. Taken together, the collection recognizes and explores Shyamalan's "star status" and offers the concerted analysis that this cultural phenomenon requires.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A thoroughly impressive and dynamic study of one of today's most controversial, slippery, and stylish filmmakers. Contributors to this anthology come from a wide range of disciplines and shine light on places that seemingly deny the specter of interpretation. The first of its kind, this book will doubtless pave the way for future scholarship on Shyamalan and remain a formidable touchstone." - D. Harlan Wilson, associate professor of English, Wright State University and author of Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction

"Love them or hate them, it is impossible to overlook the films of M. Night Shyamalan. This excellent, thoughtful, and timely study brings together the writings of renowned scholars and critics of film to put into context one of the most intriguing and provocative directors of the new millennium." - Ernest Mathijs, associate professor, University of British Columbia

"The design of this book is excellent, the essays as a whole are accessible and intelligent, and the collection represents a real contribution . . . Weinstock has done a superb job of providing broad and deep coverage of Shyamalan's major representative films." - Tony Magistrale, professor and chair of English, University of Vermont

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230104082
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock is Professor of English at Central Michigan University.  He is the author of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women, and Vampires: Undead Cinema and has edited academic collections on Rocky Horror, South Park, The Blair Witch Project, Edgar Allan Poe’s prose and poetry, ghosts in American culture, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.”  His work has appeared in jourbanals including American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, and Pedagogy and he has edited four volumes of the work of American horror author H. P. Lovecraft for Barnes & Noble.  

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Telling Stories about Telling Stories: The Films of M. Night Shyamalan Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock ix

Feature 1 Narrating Shyamalan, Narrating Culture

1 The Home-Front Hero in the Films of M. Night Shyamalan Elizabeth Abele 3

2 Reaching Out to the Other Side: Problematic Families in the Films of M. Night Shyamalan Elizabeth Rosen 19

3 Melodrama and Male Crisis in Signs and Unbreakable R. Barton Palmer 35

4 Spellbound in Darkness: Shyamalan's Epistemological Twitch David Sterritt 53

5 Four Films by M. Night Shyamalan: Oh, the Irony... Katherine A. Fowkes 71

6 The Night Book, or The Mirror and the Page Emmanuel Burdean 89

Intermission: Shyamalan's Story

7 Making Sense of M. Night Shyamalan: Signs of a Popular Auteur in the "Field of Horror" Matt Hills 103

8 Reshaping the Director as Star: Investigating M. Night Shyamalan's Image Kim Owczarski 119

Feature 2 Stories by Shyamalan

9 Sigmund Freud, Pedophile Priests, and Shyamalan's Filmic Fairy Tale (The Sixth Sense) Jane F. Thrailkill 139

10 Unbreak My Heart: The Melodramatic Superhero in Unbreakable Matt Yockey 159

11 Simulations of Evil in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village Miriam Jordan Julian Jason Haladyn 175

12 "Something ancient in modern times": Myth and Meaning-Making in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water Nicholas Parker Nirmal Trivedi 189

13 What Ever Is Happening to M. Night Shyamalan: Meditation on an "Infection" Film Murray Pomerance 203

About the Contributors 219

Index 223

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)