The Virgin Suicides

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Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429960441
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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


Original Title: The Virgin Suicides

This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter's spectacular demise by self-defenstration, which inaugurates "the year of the suicides."

The Jeffrey Eugenides Three Book Collection The Virgin Suicides Middlesex The Marriage Plot

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Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 000758251X
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The Jeffrey Eugenides Three Book Collection The Virgin Suicides Middlesex The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides


Original Title: The Jeffrey Eugenides Three Book Collection The Virgin Suicides Middlesex The Marriage Plot

This collection brings together three novels from one of America’s great modern writers.

The Display And Function Of Suburban Images In Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides

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Author: Alena Saucke
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638679985
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The Display And Function Of Suburban Images In Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides by Alena Saucke


Original Title: The Display And Function Of Suburban Images In Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Paderborn (English Language and Literature Studies / American History), 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: The first part of the paper focuses on the historical and social development and significance of american "suburbs." In the second part this is all examined considering as example Jeffrey Eugenides novel, the functions of suburbs are analyzed. This shows the discrepance between the seemingly harmonic outside world an the actual impact on the inhabitants., abstract: It seems that America's economic and technological progress has not succeeded in bringing about the "good society," the notion of the happy, single-family house neighborhood. A higher standard of living has somehow failed to result in a better quality of life. Suburban living is an originally American model of planned, mass-produced housing, which appeared after World War II and has increased drastically and globally ever since. Suburbanites, the inhabitants of Suburbia, have been the object of cynical mockery for people from cities, who criticize the predictability and conformity of this form of housing and therefore living. Most recently the film American Beauty (1999) has created the image of suburban life as a deceiving paradise, where the mental health and happiness of the inhabitants are sacrificed for the outward tidiness and a pretentious normalcy of the environment. In my paper I will focus on this relation and how it is presented in Eugenides first novel. The central event in his debut is the suicide of five sisters in an affluent midwestern suburb, which remains an inexplicable mystery to the narrator and the community."

The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia

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Author: James M. Welsh
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810876514
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The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia by James M. Welsh


Original Title: The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia

Francis Ford Coppola's career has spanned five decades, from low budget films he produced in the early 1960s to more personal films of recent years. Because of the tremendous popular success of The Godfather and the tremendous critical success of its sequel, Coppola is considered to be one of the best directors of all time. The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of Coppola's work—from his early days with producer Roger Corman to his films as the director of the 1970s. This extensive reference contains material on all of the films Coppola has played a role in, from screenwriter to producer to director, including such classics as Patton, The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, and Apocalypse Now. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia the most comprehensive reference on this director's body of work.

The Coppolas

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Author: Vincent LoBrutto
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313391610
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The Coppolas by Vincent LoBrutto


Original Title: The Coppolas

This fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood dynasty offers an in-depth study of the films and artistry of iconic director Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter, Sofia, exploring their work and their impact on each other, both personally and professionally. * Helpful notes and bibliography

American Fiction In Transition

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Author: Adam Kelly
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441173749
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American Fiction In Transition by Adam Kelly


Original Title: American Fiction In Transition

American Fiction in Transition is a study of the observer-hero narrative, a highly significant but critically neglected genre of the American novel. Through the lens of this transitional genre, the book explores the 1990s in relation to debates about the end of postmodernism, and connects the decade to other transitional periods in US literature. Novels by four major contemporary writers are examined: Philip Roth, Paul Auster, E. L. Doctorow and Jeffrey Eugenides. Each novel has a similar structure: an observer-narrator tells the story of an important person in his life who has died. But each story is equally about the struggle to tell the story, to find adequate means to narrate the transitional quality of the hero's life. In playing out this narrative struggle, each novel thereby addresses the broader problem of historical transition, a problem that marks the legacy of the postmodern era in American literature and culture.

Coming Of Age In Contemporary American Fiction

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Author: Kenneth Millard
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748629548
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Coming Of Age In Contemporary American Fiction by Kenneth Millard


Original Title: Coming Of Age In Contemporary American Fiction

This book explores the ways in which a range of recent American novelists have handled the genre of the 'coming-of-age' novel, or the Bildungsroman. Novels of this genre characteristically dramatise the vicissitudes of growing up and the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, often presented through depictions of immediate family relationships and other social structures. This book considers a variety of different American cultures (in terms of race, class and gender) and a range of contemporary coming-of-age novels, so that aesthetic judgements about the fiction might be made in the context of the social history that fiction represents. A series of questions are asked:* Does the coming-of-age moment in these novels coincide with an interpretation of the 'fall' of America?* What kind of national commentary does it therefore facilitate?* Is the Bildungsroman a quintessentially American genre?* What can it usefully tell us about contemporary American culture? Although the focus is on the conte

From Modernist Entombment To Postmodernist Exhumation

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Author: Dr Lisa K Perdigao
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409475964
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From Modernist Entombment To Postmodernist Exhumation by Dr Lisa K Perdigao


Original Title: From Modernist Entombment To Postmodernist Exhumation

How fictional representations of dead bodies develop over the twentieth century is the central concern of Lisa K. Perdigao's study of American writers. Arguing that the crisis of bodily representation can be traced in the move from modernist entombment to postmodernist exhumation, Perdigao considers how works by writers from F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, and Richard Wright to Jody Shields, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Jeffrey Eugenides reflect changing attitudes about dying, death, and mourning. For example, while modernist writers direct their plots toward a transformation of the dead body by way of metaphor, postmodernist writers exhume the transformed body, reasserting its materiality. Rather than viewing these tropes in oppositional terms, Perdigao examines the implications for narrative of the authors' apparently contradictory attempts to recover meaning at the site of loss. She argues that entombment and exhumation are complementary drives that speak to the tension between the desire to bury the dead and the need to remember, indicating shifts in critical discussions about the body and about the function of aesthetics in relation to materialized violence and loss.

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