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Michel Foucault and “power-knowledge”

Edward L. Tomarken

Edward Tomarken is the author of six books including Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Literary Critic and Johnson, “Rasselas,” and the Choice of Criticism. He is an emeritus professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Filmspeak : How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

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...Summary: This chapter begins by explaining the concepts of “discourse” and “author-function” by way of “Shakespeare in Love.” Since discourse is markedly affected by discipline, the next section is devoted to discipline and “Slumdog...

Post-feminism: Hélène Cixous

Edward L. Tomarken

Edward Tomarken is the author of six books including Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Literary Critic and Johnson, “Rasselas,” and the Choice of Criticism. He is an emeritus professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Filmspeak : How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

Book chapter

...Summary: The chapter begins by explaining that Cixous was chosen because in addition to her critical works her creative writings are an integral part of her influential feminist position. The main innovative element of Cixous’s theory...

Deconstruction

Edward L. Tomarken

Edward Tomarken is the author of six books including Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Literary Critic and Johnson, “Rasselas,” and the Choice of Criticism. He is an emeritus professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Filmspeak : How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

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...Summary: I begin with deconstruction because all of the other theorists in the volume use it as a strategy. The first topic of discussion is decentering, illustrated by Christoph Waltz who plays SS officer Hans Lander in Quentin Tarantino’s...

Post-Marxism, Fredric Jameson

Edward L. Tomarken

Edward Tomarken is the author of six books including Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Literary Critic and Johnson, “Rasselas,” and the Choice of Criticism. He is an emeritus professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Filmspeak : How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

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...Summary: The chapter begins by explaining that Jameson’s innovation is in establishing a distinction between the inner and outer form of artworks. The first section addresses how to analyze form, or hermeneutics, illustrated by “Goodbye...

Jacques Lacan and post-Freudianism

Edward L. Tomarken

Edward Tomarken is the author of six books including Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Literary Critic and Johnson, “Rasselas,” and the Choice of Criticism. He is an emeritus professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Filmspeak : How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

Book chapter

...Summary: Lacan believes the instinctive ego of Freud is a function of discourse. This deconstructed ego originates with the “mirror stage,” when a child, aged between six months and 18 months, is held up by his or her parent to a mirror...

Reception theory: Wolfgang Iser

Edward L. Tomarken

Edward Tomarken is the author of six books including Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Literary Critic and Johnson, “Rasselas,” and the Choice of Criticism. He is an emeritus professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Filmspeak : How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

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...Summary: After some background information on the forebears of reception theory, I begin with the hermeneutic circle that helps to decode “The Da Vinci Code.” Two elements in this process, otherness and imagination, are clarified...

‘Do you have a pen?’ The Origin of the Film

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...Memento Mori So we end at the beginning; the seed of an idea is always the hardest to trace, artists of any sort often reluctant to pinpoint their source of inspiration. Like many films, Memento ‘is based upon’ a literary source....

‘I have to believe in the world outside my own mind.’. Releasing Memento

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...The US release On 24 March 2000, the unthinkable happened: Memento was passed over. The Friday before Oscar weekend, three screenings were arranged in Los Angeles for distributors. Memento’s producers, Jennifer and Suzanne Todd, the sister...

‘It’s beer o’clock. And I’m buying.’. The Critical Response

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The Making of MementoFade In:INT. Derelict House – Day [Colour Sequence]A Polaroid photograph, clasped between finger and thumb, showing a crude, crime-scene flash picture of a man’s body lying on a decaying wooden floor, a bloody mess...

‘Just get these clothes on.’ Dressing Memento

James Mottram

James Mottram is a film journalist and critic who has written The Making of Memento and The Sundance Kids: How The Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Making of Memento

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...The production design Greg Araki’s 1999 romantic comedy Splendor marked a move away from the bleak Generation-X films, like The Living End and The Doom Generation, which he had made his name with. Set around a contemporary love-triangle...