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Alistair Fox explores the dynamics of the creative process involved in cinematic representation in the films of Jane Campion, one of the most highly regarded of contemporary filmmakers. Utilizing a wealth of new material -- including interviews with Campion and her sister and personal writings of her mother -- Fox traces the connections between the filmmaker's complex background and the thematic preoccupations of her films, from her earliest short, Peel, to 2009's Bright Star. He establishes how Campion's deep investment in family relationships informs her aesthetic strategies, revealed in everything from the handling of shots and lighting, to the complex system of symbolic images repeated from one film to the next.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Authorship, Creativity, and Personal Cinema
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. Origins of a Problematic: The Campion Family
  2. pp. 25-47
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  1. 2. The “Tragic Underbelly” of the Family: Fantasies of Transgression in the Early Films
  2. pp. 48-68
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  1. 3. Living in the Shadow of the Family Tree: Sweetie
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. 4. “How painful it is to have a family member with a problem like that”: Authorship as Creative Adaptation in An Angel at My Table
  2. pp. 88-106
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  1. 5. Traumas of Separation and the Encounter with the Phallic Other: The Piano
  2. pp. 107-132
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  1. 6. The Misfortunes of an Heiress: The Portrait of a Lady
  2. pp. 133-153
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  1. 7. Exacting Revenge on “Cunt Men”: Holy Smoke as Sexual Fantasy
  2. pp. 154-176
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  1. 8. “That which terrifies and attracts simultaneously”: Killing Daddy in In the Cut
  2. pp. 177-200
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  1. 9. Lighting a Lamp: Loss, Art, and Transcendence in The Water Diary and Bright Star
  2. pp. 201-214
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  1. Conclusion: Theorizing the Personal Component of Authorship
  2. pp. 215-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-247
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 249-257
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253000873
Related ISBN
9780253356185
MARC Record
OCLC
747432802
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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