Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan: Spoiler Warnings

Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan: Spoiler Warnings

by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock


Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan represents the first serious academic engagement with auteur director M. Night Shyamalan and his work. The essays, including contributions from established film scholars David Sterritt, Murray Pomerance, Emmanuel Burdeau, R. Barton Palmer, Matt Hills, and Katherine Fowkes, explore the Hollywood blockbusters from The Sixth Sense to The Happening in terms of their themes, aesthetics, and marketing. Taken together, the collection recognizes and explores Shyamalan s "star status" and offers the concerted analysis that this cultural phenomenon requires.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349288564
Publisher: Springer Nature B.V.
Publication date: 01/14/2016
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Andrew Weinsk is Professor of English at Central Michigan University, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Telling Stories about Telling Stories: The Films of M. Night Shyamalan Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock ix

Feature 1 Narrating Shyamalan, Narrating Culture

1 The Home-Front Hero in the Films of M. Night Shyamalan Elizabeth Abele 3

2 Reaching Out to the Other Side: Problematic Families in the Films of M. Night Shyamalan Elizabeth Rosen 19

3 Melodrama and Male Crisis in Signs and Unbreakable R. Barton Palmer 35

4 Spellbound in Darkness: Shyamalan's Epistemological Twitch David Sterritt 53

5 Four Films by M. Night Shyamalan: Oh, the Irony... Katherine A. Fowkes 71

6 The Night Book, or The Mirror and the Page Emmanuel Burdean 89

Intermission: Shyamalan's Story

7 Making Sense of M. Night Shyamalan: Signs of a Popular Auteur in the "Field of Horror" Matt Hills 103

8 Reshaping the Director as Star: Investigating M. Night Shyamalan's Image Kim Owczarski 119

Feature 2 Stories by Shyamalan

9 Sigmund Freud, Pedophile Priests, and Shyamalan's Filmic Fairy Tale (The Sixth Sense) Jane F. Thrailkill 139

10 Unbreak My Heart: The Melodramatic Superhero in Unbreakable Matt Yockey 159

11 Simulations of Evil in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village Miriam Jordan Julian Jason Haladyn 175

12 "Something ancient in modern times": Myth and Meaning-Making in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water Nicholas Parker Nirmal Trivedi 189

13 What Ever Is Happening to M. Night Shyamalan: Meditation on an "Infection" Film Murray Pomerance 203

About the Contributors 219

Index 223

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