Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II by David SeedCinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II by David Seed

Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

byDavid Seed

Paperback | August 15, 2013

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The phrase "cinematic fiction" has now been generally accepted into critical discourse, but is usually applied to post-war novels. This book asks a simple question: given their fascination with the new medium of film, did American novelists attempt to apply cinematic methods in their ownwritings? From its very beginnings the cinema has played a special role in defining American culture. Covering the period from the 1910s up to the Second World War, Cinematic Fictions offers new insights into classics like The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath discussing major writers' criticalwritings on film and active participation in film-making. Cinematic Fictions is also careful not to portray "cinema" as a single or stable entity. Some novelists drew on silent film; others looked to the Russian theorists for inspiration; and yet others turned to continental film-makers rather than to Hollywood. Film itself was constantly evolving duringthe first decades of the twentieth century and the writers discussed here engaged in a kind of dialogue with the new medium, selectively pursuing strategies of montage, limited point of view and scenic composition towards their different ends. Contrasting a diverse range of cinematic and literarymovements, this will be compulsory reading for scholars of American literature and film.
David Seed is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool.
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Title:Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1846318122

ISBN - 13:9781846318122

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