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Twentieth-Century American Fiction on Screen

Twentieth-Century American Fiction on Screen


R. Barton Palmer, Robert Sklar, Thomas Leitch, Chris Ames, Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., Mark Royden Winchell, McKay Jenkins, Matthew Bernstein, Robert Stam, Rodney Allen, Steffen Hantke, Robert Kolker, Allen Woll, Marc C. Conner
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521834445

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  • The essays in this collection analyse major film adaptations of twentieth-century American fiction, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon to Toni Morrison's Beloved. During the century, films based on American literature came to play a central role in the history of the American cinema. Combining cinematic and literary approaches, this volume explores the adaptation process from conception through production and reception. The contributors explore the ways political and historical contexts have shaped the transfer from book to screen, and the new perspectives that films bring to literary works. In particular, they examine how the twentieth-century literary modes of realism, modernism, and postmodernism have influenced the forms of modern cinema. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes production stills and full filmographies. Together with its companion volume on nineteenth-century fiction, the volume offers a comprehensive account of the rich tradition of American literature on screen.

    • Interdisciplinary essays on the interactions of literature and film
    • Discusses some of the most famous works in the American canon and their adaptations
    • Includes film stills and filmographies
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    'Full of interesting insights, this collection could serve as either supplemental reading or stand-alone text on the historical aspects of film adaptations of 20th-century literature.' A. F. Winstead, Our Lady of the Lake University

    'The first essay sets a high standard … This is a fine addition to the literature.' N. A. Baker, Earlham College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521834445
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction R. Barton Palmer
    1. Filming an unfinished novel: The Last Tycoon Robert Sklar
    2. The texts behind The Killers Thomas Leitch
    3. Turning The Day of the Locust into a film Chris Ames
    4. Ship of Fools: from novel to film Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr.
    5. Intruder in the Dust and the Southern community Mark Royden Winchell
    6. The dramatization of Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding McKay Jenkins
    7. Film and narration: two versions of Lolita Robert Stam
    8. World War II through the lens of Vietnam: adapting Slaughterhouse-Five to film Rodney Allen
    9. John Huston's Wise Blood Matthew Bernstein
    10. Genre and authorship in David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch Steffen Hantke
    11. Screening Raymond Carver: Robert Altman's Short Cuts Robert Kolker
    12. The Color Purple: translating the African American novel for Hollywood Allen Woll
    13. The specter of history: filming memory in Beloved Marc C. Conner
    14. Filming the spiritual landscape of James Jones's The Thin Red Line R. Barton Palmer.

  • Editor

    R. Barton Palmer, Clemson University, South Carolina
    R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of English at Clemson University, South Carolina.


    R. Barton Palmer, Robert Sklar, Thomas Leitch, Chris Ames, Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., Mark Royden Winchell, McKay Jenkins, Matthew Bernstein, Robert Stam, Rodney Allen, Steffen Hantke, Robert Kolker, Allen Woll, Marc C. Conner

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