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Adaptation and self-undermining postmodern views of the world

Raitt, George 2011, Adaptation and self-undermining postmodern views of the world, in Film-Philosophy Conference 2011 : Programme and Abstracts, Open Humanities Press, [Liverpool, England], pp. 35-35.

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Title Adaptation and self-undermining postmodern views of the world
Author(s) Raitt, George
Conference name Film-Philosophy Annual Conference (4th : 2011 : Liverpool, England)
Conference location Liverpool, England
Conference dates 6 - 8 July 2011
Title of proceedings Film-Philosophy Conference 2011 : Programme and Abstracts
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series Film-Philosophy Annual Conference
Start page 35
End page 35
Total pages 1
Publisher Open Humanities Press
Place of publication [Liverpool, England]
Keyword(s) adaptation
postmodern
Summary This paper examines the artistic construction of fictional and non-fictional characters and worlds and shows how adaptation changes non-fiction into fiction. This is illustrated with two films, Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002) and American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, 2003). These films are examples of self-reflexive intertextuality, in which the film chronicles the process of its own making and contains multiple portrayals of the characters and story world that inform reading/viewing. Postmodern irony is implicated in this process, which is shown to be self-undermining. The self-loathing of the characters Laroche, Orlean, Kaufman and Pekar is related to the self-loathing arising from Schopenhauer's view of the world, in which the will to life must be renounced to achieve equanimity. The dialogue that results from reading/viewing informed by differences and switching undermines the interpretation of critics that the non-fiction works and film adaptations reflect the postmodern world view, in which a person's self is created by the rush of phenomena, where persons do not change and nothing is resolved.
ISSN 1466-4615
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Open Humanities Press
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045013

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