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Palgrave Macmillan

Postmodern Metanarratives

Blade Runner and Literature in the Age of Image

ISBN 9781137439727
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Postmodern Metanarratives investigates the relationship between cinema and literature. Torres Cruz studies the history of Blade Runner and examines Scott's cyberpunk narrative by establishing a link between tradition and the (post)modern in a collage of several literary texts. The modern hero is confronted with the epic hero through the biblical epic works of Dante, Milton and Blake, and the film's references to Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Hoffman's The Sandman are analyzed from a psychoanalytical perspective. The (post)modern references in the film are compared to works of Dick, Burroughs, Nourse and Huxley, and to the literary sequels of Scott's film in Jeter's novels. The book also explores how Blade Runner reflects media's ubiquitous power in postmodern society and deconstructs the fake/real and original/copy dualities.

Décio Torres Cruz holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo, USA. He did post-doctoral research on film adaptations of Shakespeare's works at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and now teaches Literatures in English at UFBA and UNEB in Brazil. He has written several books and sits on a number of journal editorial boards.

List of Illustrations
1. On Words and Meanings: Contradictions of the Modern or Postmodern Contradictions?
2. Literature and Film: A Brief Overview of Theory and Criticism
3. Blurring Genres: Dissolving Literature and Film in Blade Runner
4. Revisiting the Biblical Tradition
5. Revisiting the Freudian Tradition
6. Collating the Postmodern
Conclusion: Replicating Life and Art
Works Cited


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