Literature And Film As Modern Mythology

Literature And Film As Modern Mythology

by William Ferrell
     
 

Novels and films record and codify the cultural experiences of their people. This book explores the relationship between contemporary literature and film of the past fifty years and the ancient myths of Judeo-Christian, Greek, Celtic, and Eastern origin. Following a detailed description and explanation of both literary and film devices, stories that inform to a

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Novels and films record and codify the cultural experiences of their people. This book explores the relationship between contemporary literature and film of the past fifty years and the ancient myths of Judeo-Christian, Greek, Celtic, and Eastern origin. Following a detailed description and explanation of both literary and film devices, stories that inform to a mythic tradition are analyzed to identify what they reveal about modern culture. This work explores such diverse subjects as heroism, coming of age, and morality. This approach to literature and film explores how contemporary fiction and film fulfill a continuum in our never-ending search to understand how life ought to be lived.

Encompassing a broad spectrum of modern film and fiction, a variety of authors and directors are represented. Included are novels from such writers as Stephen King, Alice Walker, Ken Kesey, Jerzy Kosinski, Robert Penn Warren, and Michael Ondaatje. Film directors include Stephen Spielberg, Hal Ashby, Phil Alden Robinson, George Stevens, Robert Rossen, and Milos Forman. As a valuable resource for film and literature classes alike, this work also provides suggestions for student projects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275967574
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe Journey Begins1
Ch. 1In the Beginning3
2Reading the Novel and the Film31
Pt. IIKnights and Heroes59
Ch. 3Hope Springs Eternal: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King65
Ch. 4A Search for Laughter: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey75
Ch. 5Romantic Heroes Never Die: Shane by Jack Schaefer85
Pt. IIIRites of Passage93
Ch. 6A Return to Matriarchy: The Color Purple by Alice Walker97
Ch. 7Finding Yourself in a Lost World: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje107
Ch. 8The Steep Hills of Thalia, Texas: The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry121
Pt. IVMorality and Magic133
Ch. 9A "Good" Politician Is Hard to Find: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren139
Ch. 10Heaven Comes to Iowa: Shoeless Joe/Field of Dreams by W. P. Kinsella155
Ch. 11Finding Morality in a Bullring: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway167
Ch. 12Politics and the Public: Being There by Jerzy Kosinski181
Pt. VClosure187
App. AMidterm Perspective193
App. BResearch Project197
App. CReading and Film List199
Works Cited205
Index209

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