Masters of the Grotesque: The Cinema of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch

Masters of the Grotesque: The Cinema of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch

by Schuy R. Weishaar

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Overview

The concepts and theories surrounding the aesthetic category of the grotesque are explored in this book by pursuing their employment in the films of American auteurs Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch. The author argues that interpreting these directors' films through the lens of the grotesque allows us1to situate both the auteurs and the films within a long history of the grotesque in art and aesthetics. This cultural tradition effectively subsumes the contribution of any artist or1genre that intersects it but also affords the artist or genre--the auteur and the genre filmmaker--a pantheon and an abundance of images, themes, and motifs through which he1or she can subversively represent the world and our place in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476600604
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 219
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Schuy R. Weishaar teaches writing and literature at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Other Journal.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 5

Part 1. The Philosophy of the Grotesque 13
I. Art, Being and Contrast 15
II. Metaphysics, Myth and Purgatory 31

Part 2. Interpolarity: Binaries of the Grotesque 50
III. Tim Burton’s Two Worlds 52
IV. Terry Gilliam’s Mythic Madness 81

Part 3. Menacing Invasions: The Hazards of Time and Subjectivity 113
V. The Mundane and the Catastrophic in the Films of Joel and Ethan Coen 115
VI. Obliterating the Subject in the Cinematic World of David Lynch 140

Part 4. Into the World and Back Again: From Politics to Paradox 170
VII. Politics, Culture and the Grotesque Family in Hippie-Slasher-Horror 171
VIII. Grim Reveries, or the Ambiguities 188

Chapter Notes 195
Works Cited 199
Index 209

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"I must begin by confessing that Masters of the Grotesque is a book I wish I had written. It is, however, a better book than I ever could have done...more theoretically sophisticated, more incisive, more far-reaching." (David Lavery, Middle Tennessee State University.)

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