Pulping Fictions

Pulping Fictions : Consuming Culture Across the English/Media Divide

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Taking Quentin Tarantino's dictionary definition of 'pulp fiction' as its starting point, Pulping Fictions explores the unease with which film and television adaptations are often received.

Branagh's film of Henry V, the filming of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Angela Carter's adaptability from book to screen are examined. The transference of the grand narratives of history into theme park youth culture is explored via Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the folk-myth rendition of Mel Brooks's 'irreverent' Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

The notion of 'planning' is examined in the evolution of Neil Jordan's film of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and the exploitation of textual/cinematic strategies is revealed in Sally Potter's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando.

The BBC's decision to film Middlemarch in Stamford is considered and, concluding the volume, charges against Tarantino for exploiting the banal and vulgar tastes of mass culture are refuted in a reading of his Pulp Fiction.
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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310710
  • 9780745310718

Table of contents

Introduction: Pulping Fictions: Consuming Culture Across the English/Media Divide by Imelda Whelehan and Deborah Cartmell (de Montfort University, Leicester)

1. 'Vanishing' Worlds: Film Adaptation and the Mystery of the Original by John O. Thompson (University of Wales, Cardiff)

2. The Vampire Writes Back: Anne Rice and the (Re)Turn of the Author in the Field of Cultural Production by Ken Gelder (de Montfort University, Leicester)

3. Is s/he or isn't s/he?: Screening Orlando by Nicola Shaughnessy (Worcester College of Higher Education)

4. Feminist Sympathies Versus Masculine Backlash: Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Heidi Kaye (de Montfort University)

5. The Henry V Flashback: Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare by Deborah Cartmell (de Montfort University, Leicester)

6. Consuming Middlemarch: the construction and consumption of nostalgia in Stamford by Jenny Rice and Carol Saunders (de Montfort University, Leicester)

7. Pleasure and Interpretation: Film Adaptations of Angela Carter's Fiction by Catherine Neale (Worcester College of Higher Education)

8. Capitalism Most Triumphant: Bill & Ted's Excellent History Lesson by I.Q. Hunter (de Montfort University)

9. Robin Hood: Men in Tights: fitting the Tradition Smugly by Stephen Knight (University of Cardiff

10. Pulpmodernism: Tarantino's Affirmative Action by

Peter Brooker (Nene College) and Will Brooker (West Kent College, Tonbridge)

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'Sparky, droll and intelligent' -- Guardian
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About Deborah Cartmell

Deborah Cartmell is a Professor in English Literature at De Montfort University. I.Q. Hunter is the Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University. His books include, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (Routledge, 2017) and Alien Identities (Pluto Press, 1999). Heidi Kaye is the former Senior Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort University. She is the author of many feminist studies. Her books include, Classics in Film and Fiction (Pluto Press, 2000) and Alien Identities (Pluto Press, 1999). Imelda Whelehan is a Research Professor in English and Gender Studies. Her books include, Classics in Film and Fiction (Pluto Press, 2000), The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen (CUP, 2007) and Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Palgrave, 2014).
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