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Thematic Approaches

Eric R. Williams

Eric R. Williams has written professionally for American Movie Classics, Workshop Productions, Universal Studios, Grateful Films, and Fox Interactive. His screenplays have been workshopped at the Film Independent Producers Lab in Los Angeles, and have won three prestigious awards: Best New Work from the Writers Guild of America, Award for Individual Excellence in Screenwriting from the Ohio Arts Council, and an Emmy Award for Interactive Media. Eric is the author of the Routledge Focus book The Screenwriters Taxonomy. He is also an award-winning educator and the inaugural director of the MFA in Communication Media Arts program at Ohio University where he teaches screenwriting and virtual reality production. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, and his MFA from Columbia University in New York City. You can learn more by visiting his website: www.WilliamsOnStory.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics : Techniques for Adapting Books, Comics, and Real-Life Stories into Screenplays

Focal Press, 2018

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... Thematic Approaches In 200–9, I had the pleasure of mentoring Michael Kortlander through his Honors tutorial thesis entitled Introducing the Literary Film: A Study of “Non- Recurring Phenomenon”—Unconventional Screenplays That Should...

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...

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

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...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...

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

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...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...

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...

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...

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...

Batman and the Twilight of the Idols: An Interview with Frank Miller

Many More Lives of the Batman

British Film Institute, 2015

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...If there is a single artist most identified with the resurgence in popularity of Batman it is without question Frank Miller. His 1986 graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns not only made Bob Kane’s 1939 creation once again the most...

Batsploitation: Parodies, Fan Films and Remakes

Many More Lives of the Batman

British Film Institute, 2015

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...On 20 July 2012, a new Batman feature film was released to audiences worldwide. Directed by a film-maker with an established auteur reputation, the film included a number of elements adapted from the 1980s Batman graphic novels...

Batman in East Asia

Many More Lives of the Batman

British Film Institute, 2015

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...Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy of 2005–12 (aka ‘the Dark Knight trilogy’) has been one of Warner Bros.’, and Hollywood’s, most successful franchises ever at the global box office. The first reboot of the Batman film franchise (and...