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Brangelina Blend

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...A “Brangelina” wedding cake topper depicts Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s heads fused onto a single tuxedo-clad body.Mike Leavitt, “Brangelina.jpg,” Intuition Kitchen Productions, 11 February 2013....

Romantic Hero

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Tragic Heroes are so much the highest point in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them, the greatest trees more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass. Conductors may of course...

Art Muse

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Emily Dickinson once wrote, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” And when I feel as if my sternum has been knocked out of my chest cavity, I know I’m looking at a matinee idol. (Why...

Coda: Failure

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Failure seems like an odd term to associate with Brad Pitt. His box office success, price per film, and charitable endeavors would certainly suggest that he is actually a huge success. While the success of real-world Brad Pitt is generally...

Abyss of Simulation

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In both the book and the film adaptation of Fight Club, Tyler Durden sums up Gen-X angst by explaining that “the middle children of history” have been “raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars...

Oedipus Cop

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...At first glance, the relationship between David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), the two male protagonists of David Fincher’s bleak neo-noir, Seven (sometimes written as Se7en) (released in 1995), appears to conform...

On Crashing

Christopher Schaberg

Christopher Schaberg is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, USA, and author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Heinrich came running down the hall, burst into the room. “Come on, hurry up, plane crash footage.” Then he was out the door, the girls were off the bed, all three of them running along the hall to the TV set.This is a really big honor...

A Star Is Born

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In 2012, Angelina Jolie released her film, In The Land of Blood and Honey, which deals with the bloody Bosnian wars of the 1990s. In numerous interviews when the film opened, Brad Pitt stood alongside Jolie, smiling and commenting...

Making Montana

_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...I had a really good talk, good meeting with Redford, but I think he’s gonna find the guy. The guy who just is that image—that Montana mountain boy, fly-fisherman image.During my first semester as a university instructor in Bozeman, Montana,...

Suburban Rage

Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett is Associate Professor of English at Montana State University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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_Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Well, I would say that I’m just drifting. Here in the pool.I am willing to die, but not of boredom.Mike Nichols’s 1967 film, The Graduate, opens with an extraordinary image: a deliberately off-center close-up of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin...