This exploration of the ways in which pregnancy affects narrative begins with two canonical American texts, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1848) and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). Relying on such diverse works as Frankenstein, Peyton Place, Beloved, and I Love Lucy, the book chronicles how pregnancy evolves from a conventional plot device into a mature narrative form. Especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, the pregnancy narrative in fiction and film acts as a lightning rod with the power to electrify all genres of fiction and film, from early melodrama (Way Down East) to noir (Leave Her to Heaven); from horror (Rosemary's Baby) to science fiction and dystopia (Alien, The Handmaid's Tale); and from iconic (Lolita) to independent (Juno, Precious). Ultimately, the pregnancy narrative in popular film and fiction provides a remarkably clear lens by which we can gauge how popular American film and fiction express our most profoundaand most privatefears, values and hopes.There are so many good sources on The Scarlet Letter. All of the essays in Murfin , ed., have been useful, especially Joanne Feit Diehl, aRe-reading The Lettera and Michael Ragussis, aSilence, Family Discourse, and Fiction in The ScarletLetteranbsp;...
|Title||:||Pregnancy in Literature and Film|
|Author||:||Parley Ann Boswell|
|Publisher||:||McFarland - 2014-03-12|