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Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

David Seed


This book examines American cinematic classics and also looks at some lesser-known figures such as Karl Van Vechten and Tom Kromer. The phrase cinematic fiction has now been generally accepted into critical discourse, but is usually applied to post-war novels. The book asks a simple question: given their fascination with the new medium of film, did American novelists attempt to apply cinematic methods in their own writings? From its very beginnings the cinema has played a special role in defining American culture. Covering the period from the 1910s up to the Second World War, the book offers i ... More

Keywords: Van Vechten, Tom Kromer, cinematic fiction, post-war novels, silent film, Russian theorists, continental film-makers, Hollywood, montage, scenic composition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846312120
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315190


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Seed, author