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David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker? [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841501735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841501734
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 17.1 x 22.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,519,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`David Cronenberg is a work that attempts to illuminate and unravel the connection between the great Canadian auteur and his literary influences' -- Film Snob Weekly

`David Cronenberg is an essential read for anyone interested in the symbiotic relationship between literature and filmmaking.' -- Video Canada


For more than 30 years, David Cronenberg has produced films, mostly outside the Studio system, which continue to disturb, surprise and challenge audiences. He has also been repeatedly drawn to literary fiction for inspiration, adapting works by figures like William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Patrick McGrath. This book is only the second single-authored study on Cronenberg as well as containing the first detailed analysis of "eXistenZ" (1999) "Spider" (2003) and "A History of Violence" (2005), it is the first to explore how understanding certain written texts, from both underground and mainstream fiction, can help us understand how Cronenberg's films work. Cronenberg's literary aesthetic is discussed via the process of adaptation, not just in relation to overt source material but also writers such as Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Brett Easton Ellis and Clive Barker. The book examines how Cronenberg's literary influences function, particularly in terms of narrative structures and suggests the nature of their importance for Cronenberg in his conception of the director as auteur.

It also considers the current state of adaptation studies and the need to move beyond conventional psychological frameworks in film analysis more broadly and Cronenberg's work in particular.

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