The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II
David Seed is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool. He is the editor of (with Susan Castillo) American Travel and Empire (LUP, 2009) and author of Cinematic Fictions (LUP, 2009).
Introduction 1. Beginnings 2. Modernist Experiments: Gertrude Stein and Others 3. H.D. and the Limits of Vision 4. Ernest Hemingway: The Observer’s Visual Field 5. Success and Stardom in F. Scott Fitzgerald 6. William Faulkner: Perspective Experiments 7. John Dos Passos and the Art of Montage 8. Dreiser, Eisenstein and Upton Sinclair 9. Documentary of the 1930s 10. John Steinbeck: Extensions of Documentary 11. Taking Possession of the Images: African American Writers and the Cinema 12. Into the Night Life: Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin 13. Nathanael West and the Hollywood Novel Bibliography Index
Cinematic Fictions is a well-researched study which shows that film, far from heralding the imminent death of the novel, in fact contributed considerably to the narrative techniques employed by American authors of the period. For most readers it will be particularly valuable for the light it sheds on lesser-known authors and their connection to film, a quality which clearly outweighs the book’s neglect of film outside of Hollywood.
English Studies, Vol. 94, No. 2
Cinematic Fictions is superbly written throughout, and carries a distinct passion for its subject. This is an extremely valuable contribution to the scholarship of early twentieth-century American literature, early cinema, and American literary modernism.
Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Part 4
Size: 234 × 156 mm
Publication: March 31, 2012