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Palgrave Macmillan

Meta-Narrative in the Movies

Tell Me a Story

ISBN 9781137410870
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

An interdisciplinary work in philosophy and film studies, Joseph Kupfer investigates narrative theory through the analysis of five films that have narrative as their subject matter and where stories and storytelling are central: A River Runs Through It, Wonder Boys, Ordinary People, The Shape of Things and Unforgiven. Kupfer's readings of the films explore the role of story creation in knowing ourselves and planning our future, in structuring social relationships, and in sharpening our experience of popular culture - including mass-marketed films.

Joseph Kupfer is Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University, USA, where he teaches aesthetics, medical ethics and philosophy of law. He has published on topics such as autonomy, lying, parenthood and the virtues. Recent work includes Prostitutes, Musicians and Self-Respect and Feminist Ethics in Film: Reconfiguring Care Through Cinema.

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Narrative Theory, Intelligibility and the Good Life
2. A River Runs Through It: Understanding Our Past through the Edifying Story
3. Wonder Boys: Righting Our Lives by Writing the Story
4. Narrative Conflict and Relationship in Ordinary People
5. Art and Manipulative Narrative in The Shape of Things
6. Unforgiven Shoots Holes in the Western Mystique
Conclusion
Index

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