V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel and Film

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Overview

The 2005 James McTeigue and Wachowski Brothers film V for Vendetta represents a postmodern pastiche, a collection of fragments pasted together from the original Moore and Lloyd graphic novel of the same name, along with numerous allusions to literature, history, cinema, music, art, politics, and medicine. Paralleling the graphic novel, the film simultaneously reflects a range of authorial contributions and influences.
This work examines in detail the intersecting texts of V for Vendetta. Subjects include the alternative dimensions of the cinematic narrative, represented in the film's conspicuous placement of the painting The Lady of Shalott in V's home; the film's overt allusions to the AIDS panic of the 1980s; and the ways in which antecedent narratives such as Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Huxley's Brave New World, and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 represent shadow texts frequently crossing through the overall V for Vendetta narrative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434671
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Keller is a professor and chair of the English and Theatre department at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. The author or editor of numerous works about popular culture, he lives in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of Food, Film and Culture (2006), Queer (Un)Friendly Film and Television (2002) and Anne Rice and Sexual Politics (2000). With Leslie Stratyner he is coeditor of Fantasy Fiction into Film (2007), The New Queer Aesthetic on Television (2006) and Almost Shakespeare (2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Shadow Texts, Superstrings, and Parallel Universes     1
Tyranny and the Powder Treason     17
V's Terrorism: Power and Performance     36
"Half Sick of Shadows": Tennyson, Waterhouse, and The Lady of Shalott     60
V and The Count of Monte Cristo     78
1984 and the Dystopian Genre     90
Knight, Death, and Devil     105
"Odds and Ends Stolen Forth of Holy Writ": Shakespeare and the Invention of V     123
"Monuments of Unaging Intellect": The Shadows in V's Gallery     165
V for Virus: The Spectacle of the AIDS Avenger and the Biomedical Military Trope     191
Conclusion: Of Shadow Texts     223
Bibliography     229
Index     235
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