The Cinematic Novel and Postmodern Pop Fiction

  • The case of Manuel Puig
  • Décio Torres Cruz
  • November 2019, John Benjamins
  • DOI: 10.1075/fillm.13

The Cinematic Novel and Postmodern Pop Fiction: The Case of Manuel Puig

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Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

What is it about?

The Cinematic Novel and Postmodern Pop Fiction: The Case of Manuel Puig discusses gender and identity issues, reality and representation and the relationship between literature, cinema and Pop Art. The book investigates the different concepts of the cinematic novel, its development in the French ciné-roman and film scenarios, and the diverse uses of the term by writers and critics of cinematic novels from the United States, England, France, and Latin America. It examines how the cinematic novel blends with pop literature by making use of Pop Art and pop culture motifs as subgenres of the postmodern. From a psychoanalytical and social-historical approach, this book explores how Manuel Puig developed the cinematic novel in a pop collage of different texts, films, discourses and narrative devices by fusing reality and imagination into dream and desire.

Why is it important?

This book updates the critical material about the cinematic novel and presents the cinematic novel as a typology linked to pop literature. As subgenres of the postmodern, the cinematic pop fiction is exemplified with works from different countries and languages. Because there is no critical material published in English about the cinematic novel as pop literature, this book also contributes to fill this gap in contemporary literary studies.


Dr. Décio Torres Cruz
Universidade Federal da Bahia

I hope this book will provide readers with the same pleasure it gave me while writing it. If you like cinematic novels and pop fiction, you will certainly enjoy reading about the theories behind them.

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