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Pulping Fictions : Consuming Culture Across the Literature-Media Divide

Pluto Press
1996/03/20

Pulping Fictions : Consuming Culture Across the Literature-Media Divide Overview

Taking Quentin Tarantino's dictionary definition of 'pulp fiction' as its starting point, Pulping Fictions explores the unease with which film and television adaptations are often greeted, investigating the changing status of 'canonical' and 'non-canonical' texts in the increasingly blurred interface between literature and media studies. Branagh's film of Henry V, the filming of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Angela Carter's adaptability from book to screen are examined. The transference of the grand narratives of history into theme park youth culture is explored via Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the folk-myth rendition of Mel Brooks's 'irreverent' Robin Hood: Men in Tights. The notion of 'planning' is examined in the evolution of Neil Jordan's film of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and the exploitation of textual/cinematic strategies is revealed in Sally Potter's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. The BBC's decision to film Middlemarch in Stamford is considered and, concluding the volume, charges against Tarantino for exploiting the banal and vulgar tastes of mass culture are refuted in a reading of his Pulp Fiction.


Pulping Fictions : Consuming Culture Across the Literature-Media Divide Table Of Content

Introduction - Pulping Fictions: Consuming Culture Across the Literature/Media Divide 1
1 'Vanishing' Worlds: Film Adaptation and the Mystery of the Original 11
2 The Vampire Writes Back: Anne Rice and the (Re)Turn of the Author in the Field Cultural Production 29
3 Is s/he or Isn't s/he?: Screening Orlando 43
4 Feminist Sympathies Versus Masculine Backlash: Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 57
5 The Henry V Flashback: Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare 73
6 Consuming Middlemarch: Construction and Consumption of Nostalgia in Stamford 85
7 Pleasure and Interpretation: Film Adaptations of Angela Carter's Fiction 99
8 Capitalism Most Triumphant: Bill & Ted's Excellent History Lesson 111
9 Robin Hood: Men in Tights: Fitting the Tradition Snugly 125
10 Pulpmodernism: Tarantino's Affirmative Action 135
Index 153


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Pulping Fictions : Consuming Culture Across the Literature-Media Divide

Book Info

  • Book Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780745310718
  • ISBN-10: 0745310710
  • Number of Pages: 160
  • Dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)
  • Approx Price: $72.15
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