Literature and Film as Modern Mythology / Edition 1

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Overview

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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After setting out the elements of myth and the features by which novels and movies communicate, Ferrell English, Glendale Community College, Arizona describes how recent works rendered in both genres reproduce the form and content of archetypical myths that go back thousands of years. Knights and heros are represented by and ; rights of passage by , , and ; and morality and magic by , , and others. Projects are appended for course work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275968137
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,412,793
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM K. FERRELL is a Professor in the English department at Glendale Community College in Arizona./e

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Table of Contents

The Journey Begins

Introduction and Background

Reading the Novel and the Film

Knights and Heroes

Hope Springs Eternal

A Search for Laughter

Romantic Heroes Never Die

Rites of Passage

A Return to Matriarchy

Finding Yourself in a Lost World

The Steep Hills of Thalia, Texas

Morality and Magic

A "Good" Politician Is Hard to Find

Heaven Comes to Iowa

Finding Morality in a Bull Ring

Politics and the Public

Closure

Works Cited

Appendix A: Mid-Term Perspective

Appendix B: Research Project

Appendix C: Reading and Film List

Index

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