Literature and Film as Modern Mythology

Synopsis

Novels and films record and codify the cultural experiences of their people. This book explores the relationship between contemporary literature and film of the past fifty years and the ancient myths of Judeo-Christian, Greek, Celtic, and Eastern origin. Following a detailed description and explanation of both literary and film devices, stories that conform to a mythic tradition are analyzed to identify what they reveal about modern culture. This work explores such diverse subjects as heroism, coming of age, and morality. This approach to literature and film explores how contemporary fiction and film fulfill a continuum in our never-ending search to understand how life ought to be lived.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Michael Ondaatje
  • Larry McMurtry
  • Robert Penn Warren
  • W. P. Kinsella
  • Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000