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Unlike anything currently available, A Critical Companion to Tim Burton is a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of all the works of one of the world's most renowned directors and artists. Written by some of the top scholars working in fields as diverse as philosophy, film and media studies, and literature, all chapters of this book illuminate for both scholars and fans alike the entire artistic career of Burton, giving attention to both his early works and his global blockbusters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498552721
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 904,305
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Adam Barkman is associate professor and chair of the Philosophy department at Redeemer University College.

Antonio Sanna is a regular contributor to Interactions: Literature and Culture, Kinema and The Quint.

Table of Contents


Section I: Constructing Worlds

Chapter 1: Burton’s Bowl: Constructions of Space in the Films of Tim Burton by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Chapter 2: The Abject, Carnivalesque, and Uncanny by Fran Pheasant-Kelly
Chapter 3: The Dark and the Darker: The Meaning and Significance of Dark and Light Colors in Tim Burton Films by Orsolya Karacsony
Chapter 4: Traces of Surrealism in the Work of Tim Burton by Sabine Planka
Chapter 5: Tim Burton’s Artists of Death by Elsa Colombani
Chapter 6: The Interconnectivity of Elfman’s Film Scoring and Burton’s Narrative by Andrew S. Powell

Section II: Fairy Worlds and Nightmares

Chapter 7: Nightmares and the Struggle for Existence in Alice in Wonderland and Planet of the Apes by Antonio Sanna
Chapter 8: Reading Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with Paul Tillich by Christopher M. Cuthill
Chapter 9: Deconstructing (and Reconstructing) the Fairy Tale in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride by Alissa Burger
Chapter 10: Mars Attacks! as Fractured Fairy Tale under Tolkien’s Principles of Recovery, Escape, and Consolation by Nicole Pramik
Chapter 11: The Heroic Journey of Ed Wood by Carl Sobocinski
Chapter 12: The Paranormal Hero as a Boundary-Crosser by Maria Dicieanu
Chapter 13: Miss Peregrine’s: New Home for a Peculiar Problem by Trip McCrossin

Section III: Identity and the World

Chapter 14: A Colonial Tapestry: Race and Ideology in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure by Florent Christol
Chapter 15: Willy Wonka as a Contemporary Dandy by Radoslaw 'siński
Chapter 16: Batman, Burton, and the Puzzle of Identity by Kyle Alkema and Adam Barkman
Chapter 17: Fools on the Hill: Tim Burton’s Nietzschean Outcasts and Heidegger’s das Man by Siobhan Lyons
Chapter 18: “My Whole Life Is a Dark Room”: Nostalgia and Domesticity in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands by Renee Middlemost
Chapter 19: Tim Burton and the Determinist Impulse by Brent Peters and Adam Barkman
Chapter 20: Doll Doubles: Female Identity in Tim Burton’s Stop-Motion Films by Donna Mitchell

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