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
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Journey Begins 1
Ch. 1 In the Beginning 3
2 Reading the Novel and the Film 31
Pt. II Knights and Heroes 59
Ch. 3 Hope Springs Eternal: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King 65
Ch. 4 A Search for Laughter: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 75
Ch. 5 Romantic Heroes Never Die: Shane by Jack Schaefer 85
Pt. III Rites of Passage 93
Ch. 6 A Return to Matriarchy: The Color Purple by Alice Walker 97
Ch. 7 Finding Yourself in a Lost World: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 107
Ch. 8 The Steep Hills of Thalia, Texas: The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry 121
Pt. IV Morality and Magic 133
Ch. 9 A "Good" Politician Is Hard to Find: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren 139
Ch. 10 Heaven Comes to Iowa: Shoeless Joe/Field of Dreams by W. P. Kinsella 155
Ch. 11 Finding Morality in a Bullring: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 167
Ch. 12 Politics and the Public: Being There by Jerzy Kosinski 181
Pt. V Closure 187
App. A Midterm Perspective 193
App. B Research Project 197
App. C Reading and Film List 199
Works Cited 205
Index 209
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