Still the Moving World: Intolerance, Modernism and Heart of Darkness

Still the Moving World: Intolerance, Modernism and Heart of Darkness

by Jordan Leondopoulos
     
 

Nearly three-quarters of a century of criticism - much of it misguided, sometimes even wrong-headed - has obscured a crucial facet of D.W. Griffith's accomplishment in Intolerance. This original and lucid study argues that Intolerance is, like Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, a proto-modernist text. Both works exhibit an ahistoric

Overview

Nearly three-quarters of a century of criticism - much of it misguided, sometimes even wrong-headed - has obscured a crucial facet of D.W. Griffith's accomplishment in Intolerance. This original and lucid study argues that Intolerance is, like Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, a proto-modernist text. Both works exhibit an ahistoric consciousness of disorder, destruction and skepticism, and reflect - to different degrees - the aesthetic experimentalism of the early 20th century. Through a close analysis of Griffith's film and its manifold affinities with Conrad's tale - and more cursorily with the works of other exponents of modernism in the traditional arts - the author demonstrates that, contrary to the conventional criticisms of Intolerance as a cluttered, disjointed text, the film's eccentric form and unruliness are among the vital components of its meaning and modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820413884
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1991
Series:
Literature and the Visual Arts Series: New Foundations, #7
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Jordan Leondopoulos, Assistant Professor of English at St. John's University, teaches modern Anglo-American literature and courses in literature and film. A graduate of The City College of New York, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Leondopoulos has also worked as a film editor, screenwriter, and film director. His contribution as the supervising film editor of The Exorcist (1973) earned him an Academy Award nomination. He has lectured and is the author of scholarly articles on both literary and film subjects.

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