Modular Narratives in Contemporary Cinema
Springer, 2008 M07 11 - 211 pages
Since the early 1990s there has been a trend towards narrative complexity within popular cinema. This book examines a number of contemporary films that play overtly with narrative structure, raising questions of chance and destiny, memory and history, simultaneity and the representation of time.
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Subjective Schismatic and Modular
Order Chaos and Modularity
Temporal Anchoring and the Modular Subject
Archival Aesthetics and the National Narrative
Simultaneity Succession and Mediation
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