Friday, December 4, 2009

film book: Modular Narratives in Contemporary Cinema by Allan Cameron

category: Film - books (Architecture and Film)
book index: 15

title: Modular Narratives in Contemporary Cinema
writer: Allan Cameron
publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
published on: 15/ 08/ 2008
ISBN: 0230210414
volume: 232 pages
size: 1.1 Mb


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This title combines, in a unique and innovative way, analytical approaches from literary narratology, film studies and new media studies.This title examines the recent cinematic trend of 'modular' narrative form, in which the temporal flow of the narrative is disrupted. It identifies and describes four different models of cinematic modular narrative. There is increasing academic interest in the topic of narrative complexity in film, illustrated by significant recent attention in journal articles, but this is the first monograph to study the phenomenon exclusively. It combines analytical approaches from literary narratology, film studies and new media studies. It includes analysis of a number of 'cult' films that are popular among film students both in the UK and the US e.g. Run Lola Run, 21 Grams, and Memento.Since the early 1990s there has been a trend towards narrative complexity within popular cinema. This book examines a number of contemporary films that play overtly with narrative structure, raising questions of chance and destiny, memory and history, simultaneity and the representation of time.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Modular Narratives in Contemporary Cinema

The Shape of Narrative Time: Subjective, Schismatic and Modular

Projecting the Future: Order, Chaos and Modularity

Navigating Memory: Temporal Anchoring and the Modular Subject

Articulating History: Archival Aesthetics and the National Narrative

Deciphering the Present: Simultaneity, Succession and Mediation

Coda: Playing Games with Cinema



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