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Cinematic FictionsThe Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312120

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315190

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Into the Night Life: Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin

Into the Night Life: Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin

(p.234) 12 Into the Night Life: Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin
Cinematic Fictions
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This chapter examines the works of Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, both of whom used continental surrealist cinema to compose dream narratives. Miller's first attempt at a dream narrative occurs in Tropic of Cancer (1934), a dream significantly triggered while he is at the cinema. Black Spring (1936) is Miller's dream-book. Here his interests in Surrealist art and film, his recollections of his childhood, and his desire to celebrate his own subjectivity all converge in narrative that collapses together different time-levels. Nin was greatly influenced by another American writer, Djuna Barnes, drawing upon whose work helped him to articulate connections between dream and film. The title story of Under a Glass Bell (1944), is believed to be an homage to Barnes.

Keywords:   Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Tropic of Cancer, dream narratives, surrealism, Djuna Barnes

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