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The history of American literature on film

By: Thomas Leitch, Leitch

Part of the The History of World Literatures on Film series
1628923717 / 9781628923711
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From William Dickson's Rip Van Winkle films (1896) to Baz Luhrmann's big-budget production of 'The Great Gatsby' (2013) and beyond, cinematic adaptations of American literature participate in a rich and fascinating history.

Unlike previous studies of American literature and film, which emphasise particular authors like Edith Wharton and Nathaniel Hawthorne, particular texts like 'Moby-Dick', particular literary periods like the American Renaissance, or particular genres like the novel, this volume considers the multiple functions of filmed American literature as a cinematic genre in its own right - one that reflects the specific political and aesthetic priorities of different national and historical cinemas even as it plays a decisive role in defining American literature for a global audience.


1KBB USA, APF Films, cinema, DSB Literary studies: general

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