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V for Vendetta As Cultural Pastiche: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel and F
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James R. Keller
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V for Vendetta As Cultural Pastiche: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel and F

James R. Keller


McFarland and Company

Fantasy » England;
Media » Media Reference;
Reference » Sci-Fi Literary Criticism;
Science Fiction » Sci-Fi Alternate History;
Science Fiction » Censorship;
Science Fiction » Society;
Science Fiction » Sci-Fi Graphic Novel;
Science Fiction » Political Sci-Fi;
Science Fiction » Urban Sci-Fi;
Media » Graphic Novel;
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The 2005 James McTeigue and Wachowski Brothers' film V for Vendetta represents a postmodern pastiche, a collection of fragments pasted together from the original Moore and Lloyd graphic novel of the same name, along with numerous allusions to literature, history, cinema, music, art, politics, and medicine. Since it is based upon a graphic novel, the film is from its very inception intertextual, paralleling the text from which it was derived while at the same time representing the authorial contributions of the many people and outside elements that played a significant role in shaping the film.

This work identifies and examines the intersecting texts of V for Vendetta , with individual chapters providing localized readings of the story's specific intertextual components. The subjects covered include the alternative dimensions of the cinematic narrative, represented in the film's conspicuous placement of John William Waterhouse's canvas The Lady of Shalott in V's Home ; the film's overt allusions to the AIDS panic of the 1980s; and the ways in which antecedent narratives such as Terry Gilliam's Brazil , Huxley's Brave New World , and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 represent shadow texts that frequently cross through the overall V for Vendetta narrative.

By:   James R. Keller
Imprint:   McFarland and Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780786434671
ISBN 10:   0786434678
Series:   V for Vendetta
Pages:   247
Publication Date:   February 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James R. Keller is a professor and chair of the English and Theatre department at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. The author or editor of numerous works about popular culture, he lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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