David Cronenberg: Author Or Film-maker?

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Intellect Books, 2007 - Performing Arts - 206 pages
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For more than thirty years, David Cronenberg has made independent films such as Scanners and A History of Violence which aim to disturb, surprise, and challenge audiences. He has also repeatedly drawn on literary fiction for inspiration, adapting themes from authors like William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, and Patrick McGrath for the big screen; David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker? is the first book to explore how underground and mainstream fiction have influenced—and can help illuminate—his labyrinthine films.
Film scholar Mark Browning examines Cronenberg’s literary aesthetic not only in relation to his films’ obvious source material, but by comparing his movies to the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, and Bret Easton Ellis. This groundbreaking volume addresses Cronenberg’s narrative structures and his unique conception of auteurism, as well as his films’ shocking psychological frameworks, all in the broader context of film adaptation studies. David Cronenberg is an essential read for anyone interested in the symbiotic relationship between literature and filmmaking. “David Cronenberg is a work that attempts to illuminate and unravel the connection between the great Canadian auteur and his literary influences.”—Film Snob WeeklyDavid Cronenberg is an essential read for anyone interested in the symbiotic relationship between literature and filmmaking.”—Video Canada
 

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Contents

Not a Love Story A Film about Pornography
57
Schizophrenia cannot be Understood without Understanding Despair
81
Nothing is True Everything is Permitted
109
Not a Film about Pornography A Love Story
133
Thou the Player of the Game Art God
157
Time and Space in Cronenbergs Spider
179
Conclusion
199
Back Cover
209
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Mark Browning was a senior lecturer in education at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He currently works as a teacher and freelance writer in Germany.

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