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- DescriptionThis exploration of the ways in which pregnancy affects narrative begins with two canical American texts, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1848) and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). Relying on such diverse works as Frankenstein, Peyton Place, Beloved, and I Love Lucy, the book chronicles how pregnancy evolves from a conventional plot device into a mature narrative form. Especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, the pregnancy narrative in fiction and film acts as a lightning rod with the power to electrify all genres of fiction and film, from early melodrama (Way Down East) to ir (Leave Her to Heaven); from horror (Rosemary's Baby) to science fiction and dystopia (Alien, The Handmaid's Tale); and from iconic (Lolita) to independent (Ju, Precious). Ultimately, the pregnancy narrative in popular film and fiction provides a remarkably clear lens by which we can gauge how popular American film and fiction express our most profound--and most private--fears, values and hopes.
- Author BiographyParley Ann Boswell is a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where she teaches American literature and film studies courses. She lives in Monticello, Illinois.
- Author(s)Parley Ann Boswell
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication30/03/2014
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Content Note, black & white halftones
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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