The Screenplay: Authorship, Theory and Criticism

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After.a century of neglect, the screenplay is finally being recognised as a form that deserves serious critical attention in both film and literary studies. This book is the first to combine detailed study of the theory and practice of screenwriting with new approaches to the critical analysis of the form, structure, and dialogue of the screenplay text. Authorship, adaptation, the process of script development, and publication are all considered in depth. Individual screenplays receiving extensive and original ...

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Overview

After.a century of neglect, the screenplay is finally being recognised as a form that deserves serious critical attention in both film and literary studies. This book is the first to combine detailed study of the theory and practice of screenwriting with new approaches to the critical analysis of the form, structure, and dialogue of the screenplay text. Authorship, adaptation, the process of script development, and publication are all considered in depth. Individual screenplays receiving extensive and original analysis include The Birds, The Usual Suspects, Adaptation, and Sunset Boulevard. Combining the insights of film and literary theory with a clear and accessible style, this landmark study will appeal to writers, students of film and literature, and anyone interested in the creative potential of screenwriting.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780230223615
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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STEVEN PRICE is Lecturer in English at Bangor University, UK. He is co-author of a book-length study of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1996) and author of The Plays, Screenplays and Films of David Mamet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xv

1 Authorship 1

2 From Work to Text 24

3 Ontology of the Screenplay 43

4 Stages in Screenplay Development 63

5 The Birds 74

6 Editing and Publication 94

7 The Scene Text 112

8 The Dialogue Text 135

Epilogue: Sunset Boulevard 167

Appendix 171

Notes 185

Select Bibliography 198

Index 204

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