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Hannah Patterson <[log in to unmask]>
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Poetic Visions of America: The Cinema of
Terrence Malick
Edited by Hannah Patterson

Commissioned by Wallflower Press, this edited collection on the cinema of
Terrence Malick will be an addition to their DirectorsΉ Cuts series, which
includes forthcoming titles on Emir Kusturica, Ken Loach, Robert Lepage,
Kathryn Bigelow, Krzystof Kieslowski, Wes Craven, Ang Lee and John Sayles.
It will include 10 -12 essays, which should be approximately 4,000 - 6,000
words in length, and an introduction written by the editor.

Although many articles have been written on Terrence Malick, to date there
have been no publications that focus solely on his work. Despite the brevity
of his output, Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line have been much
discussed by critics, cited by directors as influential on their work, and
hold a canonical place in cinema. This collection will enable his films to
be more thoroughly explored by a range of specialist writers from different

Suggested subject-matter areas include:

Thematics and generics
… Issues of identity
… Man and nature
… Philosophy and Heidegger
… Social codes/authority/breaking the law/outsiders
… Elegy and myth
… The American Dream
… Representation of femininity/masculinity

Aesthetics and stylistics
… Use of music
… Use of voice-over
… Performance and star persona
… Elliptical narrative
… European aesthetic/modernism
… Cinematography

The man, the myth and his influence
… Artistic effects on subsequent directors
… The public and private
… Critical reception

Suggested topics for individual films:

… Road-movie
… Serial killer
… Lovers on the run
… American Dream

Days of Heaven
… Art and the painterly
… Class
… The land

The Thin Red Line
… Adaptation
… Place within the War genre

Please send a 500-word proposal by 1st July to the editor, Hannah Patterson.

Wallflower Press
5 Pond Street
London NW3 2PN
T: 020 7431 6622
F: 020 4431 6621
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