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Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

Screening the Author

The Literary Biopic

Authors: Shachar, Hila

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  • Constitutes the first comprehensive analysis of the contemporary representation of the author on screen
  • Theorises the screen representation of the author as its own unique cinematic genre of the ‘literary biopic’
  • Situates the preoccupation with the figure of the author on screen in wider cultural, economic, and industrial contexts, offering a multidisciplinary approach 
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About this book

This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the contemporary representation of the author on screen. It does this through two main approaches: by looking at how biographies of well-known authors in Western culture have been adapted onto the film and television screen; and by examining the wider preoccupation with the idea of what the ‘author persona’ means in broader economic, cultural, industrial, and ideological terms. Drawing from current debates about the uses of the heritage industry and conventions of the Hollywood biopic and celebrity culture, this book re-frames the analysis of the author on screen in contemporary culture and theorises it under its own unique genre: the ‘literary biopic’. With case studies including adaptations of the biographies and cultural personas of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Allen Ginsberg—to name a few–this book examines how and why the author continues to be a prominent screen and cultural preoccupation. 

About the authors

Hila Shachar is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Film, and a member of the Centre for Adaptations, at De Montfort University, UK. Her book, Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), was featured in The New York Times, and nominated for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She has also published widely on topics including French cinema, the screen representation of the Holocaust, the biopic genre and historical film, and Australian cinema.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Biopics, Biography, Heritage, and the Literary Biopic

    Pages 1-21

    Shachar, Hila

  • Heritage and the Literary Biopic ‘Template’: Shakespeare, Austen, Wilde, and the Author as Product

    Pages 23-62

    Shachar, Hila

  • The Muse Speaks Back: Silence, Invisibility, and Reframing Authorial Identity

    Pages 63-98

    Shachar, Hila

  • Feminine Authorial Mournings: The Female Writer on Screen and the Trauma of the Present

    Pages 99-128

    Shachar, Hila

  • Appropriating the Beats, Radicalising the Literary Biopic: Intersectional Politics and Ginsberg and Kerouac on Screen

    Pages 129-168

    Shachar, Hila

Buy this book

eBook 56,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18850-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 74,89 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18849-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Screening the Author
Book Subtitle
The Literary Biopic
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18850-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18850-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18849-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 204
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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