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This book is a wide-ranging introduction to the long history and provocative debates about the interactions between film and literature. Film and Literature: A Reader presents essays from a variety of cultures that address the major issues in the exchange between film and literature since the beginning of the twentieth century. The book provides landmark discussions of different genres and practices (such as poetry and movies or film scripts as literature) through writings by such figures as Vachel Lindsay, Walter Benjamin, and Alexander Astruc. It presents a concise, but detailed history of film and literature and the critical terms and techniques used in film and literary analysis as well as a detailed history of the bond between film and literature, from theatrical narratives of the silent film era to recent blockbuster adaptations of Shakespeare and Jane Austen. It also features introductions to each essay and suggests how the essays may be used to analyze works involving film and literature. An essential resource for every reader interested in film.
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Editorial Reviews

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Striking the perfect balance between text and context, Corrigan’s volumes proves a wonderful tool for students as well as teachers.

Jan Baetens, Leuven Uni, Belgium

Corrigan’s Film and Literature offers an accessible history of the contentious intellectual relationship between literature and film as well as the often symbiotic history of their industrial relations. The selected readings cover an excellent range of influential, as well as cutting-edge, approaches to the area of study, and the concluding guide to writing about Film and Literature is a welcome addition.

Dr. Shelley Cobb, Southampton, UK

This text offers ‘the complete package’—containing history, theory, and praxis—for professors teaching courses in this growing field. Without a doubt, this will be the book I use for film and literature courses in the years to come.

Dr. Melissa Croteau, California Baptist University, USA

The Corrigan book admirably fulfills its roles as an overview on the subject and as an anthology of theoretical positions and critical approaches.

James Goodwin, University of California, USA

Corrigan’s lucid introduction to the phases of early cinema in respect of the intrinsic but often under-appreciated interface between literary and filmic forms of expression offers a concise, lucid and authoritative account of its genealogy and development.

Mike Ingham, Lingnan University, H.K.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135265420
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Corrigan is Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His work in Cinema Studies has focused on modern American and contemporary international cinema. His books include New German Film: The Displaced Image, The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History, Writing about Film, A Cinema without Walls: Movies and Culture after Vietnam and The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker. He is the editor of the journal Adaptation.

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Table of Contents



1. The Prehistory of Film and Literature.
2. Filming Literature: From Preclassical Film and Literature to Classical Form, 1895-1925.
3. Testing and Expanding the Value of Film and Literature, 1915-1940.
4. Pens, Pulp, and the Crisis of the Word, 1940-1960.
5. Academic Cinema and International Spectacles: 1960-1980.
6. Books and Movies as Multimedia: Into the 1990s.


7. Themes, Narratives, and Elements of Style.
8. Genres and Other Assumptions.


9. Historical Positions.
Vachel Lindsay, Progress and Endowment. Hugo Munsterberg, The Means of Photoplay. Gabriela Mistral, The Poet's Attitude Toward the Movies. Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Sergei Eisentstein, Dickens, Griffith, and the Film Today. Béla Bálazs, The Script. Alexandre Astruc, The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo. André Bazin, Theater and Cinema. George Bluestone, The Limits of the Novel and the Limits of the Film. P. Adam Sitney, The Lyrical Film. Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, and Wilfried Reinke, Word and Film.

10. CurrentPerspectives and Methods.
Leo Braudy, Acting: Stage vs. Screen. Kristin Thompson, Novel, Short Story, Drama: The Conditions for Influence. Dudley Andrew, Adaptation. Judith Mayne, Readership and Spectatorship. Millicent Marcus, Pasolinis Decameron: Writing with Bodies. Mark A. Reid, Literary Forces Encouraging the Use of Black Writers. Michael Renov, Lost, Lost, Lost: Mekas as Essayist. Lynda E. Boose and Richard Burt, Totally Clueless? Shakespeare Goes Hollywood in the 1990s.

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